Decoded Slug: ~기만 하다 [giman hada] (Just)

Korean Grammar Point
~기만 하다 [giman hada] (Just)

~기만 하다 [giman hada] (Just)

Short explanation:

'~기만 하다' is used to express that someone or something only does the action mentioned and nothing else.


Verb (dictionary form) + 기만 하다


나는 밤새 공부하기만 했어요, 다른 것은 하나도 하지 않았어요.
Naneun bamsae gongbuhagiman haesseoyo, dareun geoseun hanado haji anhasseoyo.
I just studied all night, not doing anything else.
우리 아버지는 텔레비전을 보기만 해서 그게 걱정이에요.
Uri abeoji-neun tellebijeon-eul bogiman haeseo geuge geokjeong-ieyo.
My father just watches television, which concerns me.
그는 매일 같은 집들이에 가서 먹기만 해요. 건강에 좋지 않아요.
Geuneun maeil gateun jibdeuri-e gaseo meokgiman haeyo. Geongange joji anhayo.
He just goes to the same house party every day and eats. It's not healthy.
우리 친구는 게임만 하면서 시간을 허비해요.
Uri chinguneun geimman hamyeonseo shiganeul heobihaeyo.
Our friend just plays games and wastes time.

Long explanation:

The grammar point '~기만 하다' is utilized in Korean to demonstrate that the action indicated by the verb is the only thing done, conveying a sense of exclusivity. The first part '기' is the nominalization of the previous verb, and '만 하다' means 'only do' in English. This grammar form often carries a negative connotation or expresses dissatisfaction because it implies that the action or state is insufficient or not meeting expectations.

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