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Present/Future/Past Tense in Korean Hey! So I have a question regarding the tenses in Korean (present, future, past). I read before that to make a sentence present, you would add the suffix -yo (I have to use computer can process Korean but can't type it. ) to the verb/adjective. For instance, "It's cheap" would be said as "Sayo" correct? It "presently" is cheap.

However, I also read that to say something is present, you would put "neun" after the subject.  For instance, "I know him" would be "Na neun geu namja ahneta"  Literally, "I am knowing that man." 

Does it matter which one I use, or is there a rule that says when you use "neun" and "-yo"? Is one of them wrong? Please help: I'm confused >.<

As an added bonus (you don't have to do it, I just would be very grateful and would love you forever~~) how do you turn things into future tense and/or past tense?

Basically, what I'm asking, is: How do you turn things into present tense (and if there's more than one way, like the two I listed above, when do I use each one?) 

Bonus: How to make things past and/or future tense?

Thanks everyone ^.^
Aug 1, 2008 1:41 AM
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You don't need to change the form of "나" for future tense. You can say just 나(I, me) 갈거야(will go)

August 5, 2008

how do you say "I" in korean as in "I will go"?

August 5, 2008
Ahh..I'm not sure if it could be a help anyway
It depends on the form of verb.

for example,
갔다(ga-dda = went) is the past form
and 갈 것이다/갈 거야(gal geo-shi-da/gal geo-ya = will go) is future form
of 가다 or 간다(gada/ganda = go).

**** ~거야(geo-ya) is more common than ~것이다(geo-shi-da) in spoken language

there are a lot of exceptions..but usually we put -ㅆ다 instead of the final consonant of word for past sentence.
-ㄹ것이다 and -ㄹ거야 are for future tense.

*자다/잔다 (jada/janda=sleep) > 잤다 (ja-dda=slept) > 잘 것이다/잘 거야
*먹다/먹어 (meok-dda/meo-geo = eat) > 먹었다/먹었어 (meak-geo-dda/meo-geo-sseo = ate) 
  > 먹을 것이다/먹을거야(meo-geul geo-shi-da/meo-geul-geo-ya = will eat)
*논다 (nonda = play, relax) > 놀았다/놀았어 (no-ra-dda/no-ra-sseo = played, relaxed)
  > 놀 것이다/놀 거야(nol-geo-shi-da/nol geo-ya = will play, will relax)

Good luck!
August 3, 2008
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