Verbs in Suspective Form -지 (ji)

I have posted so many topics related to verbs, this time it’s how to create verb in suspective form.  For the longest time, I have been thinking what suspective verb means.  I have never encountered such in English so using ‘common-sense’, suspective is from the word suspect which is synonymous to think, imagine, expect etc.  

Reading my Elementary Korean Book, I think that this form is used in several expressions.  For now, I would like to think that the reason why there is a suspective form of verb is because of these expressions requiring verb to be in that form.

It’s easy to create verb in suspective form, this is just base+지, as for the past tense form 지 is added in the past base form.

Base

Suspective

Past Suspective

Meaning

하 (ha) 하지 (haji) 했지 (haettji) to do
자 (ja) 자지 (jaji) 잤지 (jattji) sleep
보 (bo) 보지 (boji) 봤지 (bwattji) look
쓰 (ssu) 쓰지 (ssujji) 썼지 (seottji) write
먹 (meok) 먹지 (meokji) 먹었지 (meokji) eat

Uses of verbs in this form will be in suceeding post.

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2 thoughts on “Verbs in Suspective Form -지 (ji)

  1. I’m not sure if you are aware, but your book may be pulling a fast one on non-korean speakers. Jaji and Boji are both crude terms for male and female genitalia, respectively.

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