What's Up With Korean Verbs?
Yesterday @nenegrint14 brought up a great question:
In languages like Spanish, French, and English we conjugate the verb to match the subject (I see, tu hablas, il est)
Do we do that in Korean?! Answer: Well...sort of?
Basically: Pick a tense and level of formality. That's all you do :D
어디 갔어? Where did you/he/she/they/it go? Levels of formality: (I'll use 하다 to show it^^) "Dictionary Tense" - 하다 Informal - 해 Formal - 해요 Very Formal - 합니다
Of course these aren't the only levels and they aren't the official names (lol) but these are the basics :) All of these would apply to I/you/he/she/they/it! Tense: (I'll use 하다 to show it^^) Past - 했어요 Future - 할께요 Future - 할 거에요 Present - 해요 Present Progressive - 하고 있어요
These aren't the only ones either (there are sooo many) So TENSE + LEVEL OF FORMALITY = a verb that applies to any subject^^
***There are, of course, "formal verbs" that you would use to describe your parents, grandparents, etc but that's for another card as well! You can say the subject: 나는 가요 (I'm going, I'll go soon)
or just 가요 (going, go soon) if it is clear that you're talking about yourself :) If I can make it more clear please let me know! It's a bit confusing if its the first time learning a language like this^^