Exaggeration with Descriptive Verb Infinitive + -서 죽겠어요

This expression is very handy for someone who wants to add lively mood to describe a mental  state or physical sensation.  A descriptive verb is added to the expression죽겠어요 (literally means I could die) and its equal to the English expression I feel so…I could die or I am incredibly or terribly so…so…

Here are some examples on the use of this expression:

  • 아버지가 보고 싶어서 죽겠어요.  (Abojiga bogo shipeoseo chukkesseoyo).  I miss my father terribly.
  • 배가 아바서 죽겠어요. (Baega apaseo chukkesseoyo)  I have a terrible stomach ache.
  • 기분이 나빠서 죽겠어요. (Kibuni nappaseo chukkesseoyo).  I’m in a foul mood.
  • 내가 너무 슬픈해서 죽겠어요.  (Naega nomo seulpeunhaeseo chukkesseoyo).  I am so sad I could die.

This expression according to the book ,Continuing Korean,  is widely used colloquially.

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