있어요 : to have / to be

‘있어요’ has 3 different meanings.

 

1) having (possession)

Ex) Qns: 돈이 있어요? (Do you have money?)

{돈 means ‘money’}

{돈 is the subject (noun) and ends with a consonant, thus, we attach the subject marker ‘이’ to the noun}

Ans: 네, 있어요. (Yes, I have)

{네 means ‘yes’}

 

2) existence (someone/something being in or at some place)

Ex) 매리가 집에 있어요. (Mary is at home)

{집 means ‘home/house’ and ‘에’ means ‘at’}

 

3) expressing location (i.e. under, above, behind etc)

Ex) 학교가 앞에 있어요. (There is a school in front)

{학교 means ‘school’ and 앞 means ‘front’ and 에 in this sentence means the direction}

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About nunasaoirse

I have been learning Korean language for more than 8 years in either Singapore or Korea. Writing this blog helps me to refresh my knowledge. I am still revising Korean language every now and then but not actively. This blog consisted of the gist of the several Korean textbooks that I am using and you may find some examples "de-ja-vu".
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