Any Base of Verb + 기 때문에

A new phrase I learned today is still in relation to verb in -기 form.  This is, as the title of the post says, any base + 기 때문에 (ki ddaemune) would mean by reason of , or because one does/is or did/was or will do/will be.  

The Korean word 때문에 right before a noun means ‘because of the noun’.  As i previously learned 기 added to a verb base makes it ‘noun-like’.  So it’s just but logical that anybase of the verb followed by 기 and 때문에 would mean the same.  Here is an example: 

학교 때문에 못 갔어요. (Hakyo daemune mot kasseoyo). Because of school I was not able to go.  학교 is the noun which as we all know is school.

Here are examples using any base of the verb+ 기 때문에.  The 기 in the verb does it, so it technically means  because of ‘noun-like’:

  • 오늘 떠나기 때문에 파티에 못 가겠어요.  (Oneul ddonagi  ddaemune pati.e mot kakesseoyo). Because I am leaving today, I won’t be able to go to the party.
  • 비가 왔기 때문에 방학이 재미 없었어요. (Biga owattgi ddaemune banghaki chaemi opseosseoyo)  My vacation wasn’t fun because it rained.
  • 당신은 이것이 읽기 때문에 행복해요 (Dangsineun ikoshi  ikki ddaemune haengbokhaeyo).  I am happy because you are reading this.

Uses of Verbs in -기 Form

Yesterday, I learned a new verb form with the use of -기 also known as verb in nominalizer form.  Such results into a nounlike words and in fact they behave like nouns do as follows:

  • followed by a particle
  • modifying a following noun
  • in adverbial position – in contruction where particle has been dropped

Nominalizer forms allows you take an entire sentence; convert it into one big noun and then use this noun into subject, object or some other part of the larger sentence. Here is an example of incorporation of -기 form into larger sentence:

영행을 하기를 좋아해요. (Yeonghaengeul hagireul choahaeyo) I love to travel.

In the sentence above there are two objects, the one within the -기 clause and one in the -기 clause it self.  One of the object particles can be dropped or both and th sentence would still mean the same as shown below:

  • [영행을 하기]를 좋아해요
  • [영행을 하기] 좋아해요
  • [영행 하기] 좋아해요

So this lesson is another discovery for me on how verbs can be made noun which my former language exchange partner has been telling me but could not articulate it very well.  These are some of the other expressions which make use of the nominalizer form:

  • 듣기 싫어요 (Deudgi sirheoyo) – I hate to listen or I don’t want to hear about it.  This expression also corresponds to ‘What an awful thing to hear’ or ‘Must you say such thing?’
  • 보기 싫어요 (Bogi sirheoyo) – I hate to see that. This expression on the other hand corresponds to ‘How disgusting to see’ or ‘that makes me sick’