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Key Expressions 2

Key expressions 2

The second expression we’ll be learning today is “이렇게 더울 때는 해수욕장에 가고 싶어요.(“I want to go to the beach when it’s hot like this.”)”

What do you usually do in a hot weather? In Korea, people like to go to a swimming pool or a beach. Likewise, there are certain activities that are more appropriate for different weather.

‘-(으)ㄹ 때’

In those instances when you are describing the weather and situation, you can use the phrase “-(으)ㄹ 때” just like “비가 올 때 (= when it’s raining)” or “눈이 내릴 때 (= when it’s snowing).” This expression is usually used with adjectives or verbs.

When there is a final consonant in the word, you can say “-을 때,” just like you would for “맑을 때 (= when it’s sunny), 닫을 때 (= when it’s closing).”

When there isn’t a final consonant, you can say “-ㄹ 때” as you would for “흐릴 때 (= when it’s cloudy), 비가 올 때 (=when it’s raining).”

Let’s practice while looking at another example sentence.

  • 이렇게 추울 때는 스케이트를 타고 싶어요.
  • 이렇게 날이 좋을 때는 바다낚시를 하고 싶어요.
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