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Grammar 2 (Adj/Verb-(으)ㄹ 수 있다/없다)

Grammar 2 (Adj/Verb-(으)ㄹ 수 있다/없다)

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

“Adj/Verb-(으)ㄹ 수 있다/없다”

In today’s class, we learned the sentence ‘좋아하는 배우의 사인을 받을 수 있으면 좋겠어요.=I wish I could get the autograph of my favorite actor’. ‘Verb-(으)ㄹ 수 있다’ is an expression that indicates that a situation or task is possible. For example, ‘이번 주말에는 시간이 없을 수 있어요.’ means that there is a possibility that I may not have time this weekend.

‘-(으)ㄹ 수 있다/없다’ is used as a possible meaning, it can be used with adjectives/verbs. But, if you use a verb/adjective without consonant, write ‘-ㄹ 수 있다’. You can also use ‘-을 수 있다’ with verbs/adjectives with a consonant.

However, this grammar is also used to indicate that you are capable. For example, the sentence ‘저는 자전거를 탈 수 있어요.’ means that I have the ability to ride a bicycle. And, use verbs only to indicate that you are capable or not.


1) 외국인에게는 김치가 매울 수 있어요.

2) 지금 시간에는 지하철이 더 빠를 수 있어요.

3) 제 동생은 피아노를 칠 수 있어요.

4) 저는 한국어를 읽고 쓸 수 있어요.

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