Expressing ‘How wonderful it would be…’

Another use of the verb in conditional form is for English expression ‘how wonderful it would be if…’   The conditional form of verb followed by phrase 얼마나 좋겠어요 (olmana chokesseoyo) does it.  The pattern would look like this – (었)으면 얼마나 좋겠어요.   Note that the verb formed with -으면 can be in past or present form.

Here are some of its applications:

  • 시간이 더 있었으면 얼마나 좋겠어요 (Shicani deo isseoseumyeon olmana chokesseoyo) – How wonderful it would be if we had more time.
  • 하얀 색이 아니었으면 얼마나 좋겠어요 (Hayan saeki anieosseumyeon olmana chokesseoyo) – How wonderful it would be if it wasn’t white.
  • 가수 휘성씨 만나면 얼마나 좋겠어요 (Kasu Wheesungshi mannamyeon olmana chokesseoyo) – How wonderful it would be to meet Wheesung the singer.
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7 Replies to “Expressing ‘How wonderful it would be…’”

  1. I have tried to use this expression to tell about my future wishes when talking to Koreans. They told me the expression can only be used when regretting past events that did/didn’t occur.
    So besides the time aspect, which has to be past, it also has a general negative impression.

    Does anybody have experience with this?

    Thanks for any help.

    1. i think for future wishes you should use the auxiliary verb – 좋겠어요 (like something) -고 싶어요 (wish, want, like something used as first person). This expression that i posted is really more of wishing something happened in the past, it has the tone of regret.

  2. hi , I am elsa . I am learning korean language now .
    I have a few question to ask

    1 what is the meaning of ~대요 ( ~다고 그래요 ) , 래요 ( 라고 그래요 ) , 재요 ( 자고 그래요 )
    can pls give me a few example tenses . its there only three , or more then that ?

    2 i not understand about 으면 , 하면서 , i know it depands on consonant and vowel , but how we use it . can you pls explain details for me ?

    i hope that you can help me , bcause i really need it ….thx

    1. hi elsa,
      sorry but i cannot understand your first question about the second question i will post about it instead of answering here.

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