Decoded Slug: ~아/어 보이다 [a/eo boida] (To seem, appear)

Korean Grammar Point
~아/어 보이다 [a/eo boida] (To seem, appear)

~아/어 보이다 [a/eo boida] (To seem, appear)

Short explanation:

It is used to express 'seem' or 'appear', indicating one's given perception or judgement.


Verbs/Adjective + 아/어 보이다


그 남자가 정말 불쌍해 보여요, 아마 어려운 시기를 겪고 있는 것 같네요.
Geu namjaga jeongmal bulssanghae boyeoyo, ama eoryeonun sigireul geotgo issneun geot gatneyo.
That man seems very pitiful, he must be going through a hard time.
오늘 피곤해 보이니까 일찍 쉬는 게 어때요?
Oneul pigonhae boini kkaji iljjik swineun ge eottaeyo?
You look tired today, how about resting early?
그녀는 행복해 보이는데, 아마 좋은 일이 있었나 봐요.
Geunyeoneun haengbokhae boineunde, ama joheun iri isseotna bwayo.
She seems happy, she must have had something good happened.
이 요리가 맛있어 보이니까 내일 친구들과 함께 와서 먹어 볼게요.
I yoriga masisseo boinikkaji naeil chingudeulgwa hamkkee wasseo meogeobolkkeyo.
This dish looks delicious, I'll come and try it with my friends tomorrow.

Long explanation:

The grammar point '~아/어 보이다 [a/eo boida]' is used in korean to provide the speaker's judgement or perception about something or someone. It shows speculations or observations and is equivalent to the English expressions 'seem', 'appear' or 'looks like'. The verb or adjective goes before the '~아/어 보이다' must be conjugated according to its final vowel. It signifies how something appears to the senses or seems in mind.

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