Decoded Slug: ~던 [deon] (That used to)

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~던 [deon] (That used to)

~던 [deon] (That used to)

Short explanation:

Used to denote previous or past habits, situations, or states.


Verb stem + ~던


저는 고등학교 때 자주 가던 카페에 오랜만에 왔어요.
Jeoneun godeunghakgyo ttae jaju gadeon kapee oraenmane wasseoyo.
I came to the cafe that I used to visit often during high school after a long time.
언니는 옛날에 먹던 초콜릿을 찾아서 애를 써요.
Eonni-neun yettnare meokdeon chokolliteul chajasuo aerul sseoyo.
My sister is having a hard time looking for the chocolate that she used to eat in the past.
너는 내가 매일 입던 터틀넥을 기억해요?
Neoneun naega maeil ibdeon teoteulneog-eul gieokhabnida?
Do you remember the turtleneck that I used to wear everyday?
아빠는 조카가 작을 때 놀아주던 장난감을 찾으러 서점에 갔어요.
Appaneun jokaga jageul ttae nolajudeon jangnangameul chajeureo seojeome gasseoyo.
Dad went to the bookstore to find the toy that he used to play with when my niece was small.

Long explanation:

'~던 [deon]' is a formative used in Korean language to highlight a past state, habit, or situation pertaining to a noun. It is a type of past tense modifier that evokes familiarity or nostalgia, and is often translated to English as 'that used to' or 'someone/something I/you/he/she/it used to'. It is important to note that when ~던 is used, the situation or state is always one that is no longer ongoing.

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