Decoded Slug: ~하나 [hana] (But, however)

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~하나 [hana] (But, however)

~하나 [hana] (But, however)

Short explanation:

Used to express contrast or contradiction, similar to 'but' or 'however' in English.


Sentence + 하나 + Contrasting Sentence


나는 그 일을 마친 줄 알았는데, 하나 사람들은 아직 끝내지 않았어요.
Naneun geu ireul machin jul alatneunde, hana saramdeureun ajik kkeutnaeji anatseoyo.
I thought I had finished the work, however, the people had not finished it yet.
그녀는 예쁜 것 같아요. 하나, 성격이 너무 나빠요.
Geunyeoneun yeppeun geot gatayo. Hana, seonggyeogi neomu nappayo.
She seems pretty, but she has a very bad personality.
이것은 어렵게 느껴질 수 있으나, 하나 연습하면 쉬워질 거예요.
Igeoseun eoryeopge neukkyeojil su isseuna, hana yeonseubhamyeon swiweojil geoyeyo.
This might feel difficult, however, it will become easier with practice.
우리는 집에 돌아가야 하는데, 하나 차가 없어서 걸어야 했어요.
Urineun jibe doragaya haneunde, hana chaga eopseoseo georeoya haesseoyo.
We needed to go home, but we had no car so we had to walk.

Long explanation:

'~하나 [hana]' is a conjunction often used in Korean to indicate a contrast or contradiction between two ideas or situations. It introduces a contrary point of view, or an exception to a previous statement. It can be likened to the English terms 'but' or 'however', and is thus used to present different, often opposing, points. It is commonly used in both formal and informal speech and writing, and is placed at the beginning of the sentence or clause it is intended to contrast.

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