Decoded Slug: ~기는 [gineun] (But)

Korean Grammar Point
~기는 [gineun] (But)

~기는 [gineun] (But)

Short explanation:

Used to indicate a contrast or exception; typically similar to 'but' in English.


Verb stem + 기는


저는 여행하기는 좋아하는데, 비행기를 타는 것이 아직도 두렵습니다.
Jeoneun yeohaenghagineun joahaneunde, bihaenggireul taneun geosi ajikdo duryeopseubnida.
I like traveling, but I’m still scared of flying.
그 건물은 크기는 큰데, 상태가 너무 안 좋아서 리모델링이 필요해 보여요.
Geu geonmureun keugineun keunde, sangtaega neomu an joahaseo rimodellingi piryohae boyeoyo.
That building is large, but it seems like it needs renovations because it’s in bad condition.
그 친구는 친절기는 한데, 솔직히 말해서 너무 많이 물어봐서 조금 짜증나요.
Geu chinguneun chinjeolhagineun hande, soljikhage malhaseyo neomu mani muleobwaseo jogeum jjajeungnayo.
That friend is kind, but, to be honest, I’m a bit frustrated because he asks too many questions.
이번 계절은 봄이기는 한데, 날씨가 아직도 춥고, 따뜻해지기를 기다리고 있어요.
Ibeon gyejeoreun bomingineun hande, nalssiga ajikdo chupgo, ttatteuthaejigireul gidarigo isseoyo.
This season is spring, but the weather is still cold, so I'm waiting for it to warm up.

Long explanation:

The grammar point '~기는 [gineun]' is used to express contrast or exception in Korean. It is attached to the stem of a verb and implies that there is some contrasting or different element follows in the sentence. The nuance is similar to 'but' or 'although' in English. It is often used when agreeing with part of a statement, while pointing out some contrasting or different element.

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