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Key Expressions 1

Key expressions 1

The expression we will learn today is: “BTS’ song was ranked no. 1 on the Billboard charts.”


Have you heard any latest news about your favorite singers or actors? How can we tell the news to our friends? To do so, you use the expression “-(ㄴ/는) 대요” at the end of the news you heard.

1) ‘-(이)래요’

To begin with, when you use the expression with a noun, you use ‘-(이)래요.’ If the noun ends a bottom consonant, such as ‘한국사람 (Korean),’ you express it as ‘한국사람이래요 (is a Korean),” and if the noun doesn’t end with a bottom consonant, such as ‘의사 (doctor),’ you express it as ‘의사래요 (is a doctor).’

2) ‘-대요’

for the adjectives, Whether the word contains the bottom consonant or not, such as ‘인기가 많대요 (is popular)’ and ‘유명하대요 (is well-known),’ we are always going to use ‘-대요.’

3) ‘-는대요’

for the verbs, if the word contains the bottom consonant, such as ‘먹는대요 (is going to eat),’ we use the expression ‘-는대요,’ and if the word doesn’t contain the bottom consonant, such as ‘온대요 (is going to come),’ we are going to use the expression ‘-ㄴ대요.’

Let’s practice while looking at another example sentence.

  • 저는 NCT를 좋아하는데요, 곧 미니앨범이 나온대요.
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