Decoded Slug: (으)면서 [(eu)myeonseo] (While, and)

Korean Grammar Point
(으)면서 [(eu)myeonseo] (While, and)

(으)면서 [(eu)myeonseo] (While, and)

Short explanation:

This grammar point is used to express two simultaneous actions or events.


1. Verb stem ends with consonant: Verb-으면서. 2. Verb stem ends with vowel: Verb-면서


나는 텔레비전을 보면서 먹었어요, 그래서 아무 말도 하지 않았어요.
Naneun telebijeoneul bomyeonseo meogeosseoyo, geuraeseo amu maldo haji anhasseoyo.
I ate while watching TV, so I didn't say anything.
그녀는 버스에서 음악을 들으면서 책을 읽고 있어요.
Geunyeoneun beoseueseo eumageul deuleumyeonseo chaegilggo isseoyo.
She is reading a book while listening to music on the bus.
요즘 내 동생은 학교 공부를 하면서 일도 하고 있어요.
Yojeum nae dongsaengeun hakgyo gongbureul hamyeonseo ildo hago isseoyo.
These days, my younger sibling is studying and working at the same time.
나는 듣기 실력을 향상하려고 팟캐스트를 들으면서 새 단어를 기록하고 있어요.
Naneun deutgi sillyeogeul hyangsangharyeogo patkaeseuteureul deuleumyeonseo sae daneoreul girokago isseoyo.
I am listening to podcasts and writing down new words to improve my listening skills.

Long explanation:

The '(으)면서' [(eu)myeonseo] construction in Korean is used to show that two actions or states are taking place at the same time. It is similar to 'while' or 'and' in English. Its usage varies depending on whether the preceding verb stem ends in a vowel or a consonant. If the verb stem ends in a consonant, you add '으면서', and if it ends in a vowel simply add '면서'.

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