Decoded Slug: ~했었다 [haesseotda] (Had done)

Korean Grammar Point
~했었다 [haesseotda] (Had done)

~했었다 [haesseotda] (Had done)

Short explanation:

Used to describe an action that had been done in the past, before another action or situation.

Formation:

Verb Stem + 했었다

Examples:

그날까지는 그녀를 보지 않았어요, 그러나 그 전에는 수없이 많은 편지들을 썼었어요.
Geunalkkajineun geunyeoreul boji anhasseoyo, geureona geu jeoneneun sueobsi maneun pyeonjideureul sseosseosseoyo.
Until that day, I didn't see her, but before that, I had written countless letters.
처음 한국에 왔을 때, 알파벳밖에 모르는 상황이었어요. 그러나 나는 알파벳을 가르치기 위해 한국어를 배웠었어요.
Cheoeum hanguge waseul ttae, alphabetsbakke moreuneun sanghwangieosseoyo. Geureona naneun alphabeteul gareuchigi wihae hangugeoreul baeweosseosseoyo.
When I first came to Korea, I was in a situation where I knew nothing but the alphabet. But I had learned Korean to teach the alphabet.
그는 오늘 아침에 호텔로 왔었어요, 하지만 점심에는 그 학교에 있었어요.
Geuneun oneul achime hotelro wasseosseoyo, hajiman jeomsimeneun geu hakyoe isseosseoyo.
He had come to the hotel this morning, but he was at that school at lunchtime.
나는 그녀에게 단지 한 번만 인사했었어요. 그 후로는 그녀를 보지 못했어요.
Naneun geunyeoege danji han beonman insahaesseosseoyo. Geu huroe geunyeoreul boji moshaesseoyo.
I had just greeted her once. After that, I couldn't see her.

Long explanation:

'~했었다' [haesseotda]' is a verb ending used in Korean to express an action that had been completed before another event or action occurred. This form is similar to the English past perfect tense, often used to explain a past event or situation that happened prior to another past event. It can be used to explain past regrets, experiences, and situations that were true in the past but not necessarily in the present.
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