As we all learned in our English 101, adverb describes how, where or when something is done.  It provides additional description on the manner, time or place of action.  This word function does not change in learning Korean.

I guess learning adjectives is likewise an introduction to a bit more complex Korean sentences.  So here are some of the adverbs I have learned:

  • Adverb of Time –  이찍 (iljjik) or early; 나중에 (najung.e) or later; 아긱 (ajik) or yet
  • Adverb of Place – 게다가 (kedaga) or besides~<place>; 가까이 (kakka.i) or near; 멀리 (mollie) or far
  • Adverb ofDegree – 잘 (chal) or well; 너무 (nomu) or too/very; 
  • Adverb of Manner – 빨리 (palli) or fast/quickly; 천천히 (chonchon.hi) or slowly; 흔자 (hunja) or alone/by oneself.

I think the fourth type will be the most challenging to learn as it will surely confuse a beginner like me in differentiating adverb from adjective but one thing is for sure Adverb will never become a subject/topic or object in a sentence so this will never be marked with particles 이/가; 은/는 and 을/를.


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