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Grammar 1 (-어/아 보세요)

Let’s study in detail about the expressions we learned today.

The expression ‘-어/아 보세요’ is used when suggesting someone to try doing something. Depending on the verb attached to it, the form changes slightly.

Take a look at the following examples.

-어/아 보세요

(Attached to a verb) it becomes a suggestion to do something

ㅗ/ㅏ[o/a] 타다 [To ride] 타 보세요 [Try riding (it)]
  오다 [To come] 와 보세요 [Try coming (here)]
그외 (The rest) 입다 [To wear] 입어 보세요 [Try wearing (it)]
  신다 [To wear(shoes)] 신어 보세요 [Try wearing (them)]
  쓰다 [To wear (hat)] 써 보세요[Try wearing (it)]

For the verb ending with ‘ㅡ’[eu] , like ‘쓰다’ showed in the chart above, the vowel ‘ㅡ’[eu] should be removed and changed with the vowel ‘ㅓ’[eo].

하다 하다 [To do] 해 보세요 [Try doing (it)]

While, all the verbs composed of ‘하다’and a noun, they become ‘~ 해 보세요’.

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