몇 번 : what number / which number

몇 means ‘how many’ but when used with 번 together, the meaning of 몇 becomes ‘what’ or ‘which’.

‘몇 번’ is normally used to ask a question which involves the answer to be in numbers e.g. telephone number or bus number.

In this case, we will answer using Sino-Korean numbers.

We will normally attach ‘예요/이에요?’ as the ending when ‘몇 번’ is used.

 

Ex1)

Q: 몇 번 버스예요? (What is bus number)

A: 502번 버스예요.  (It is number 502)

{502번 is pronounced as 오백 이 번 in this case because we are using Sino-Korean numbers}

{번 means number}

{버스 means bus}

{As 버스 is a noun and ends in a vowel, we will attach 예요 to it}

 

Ex2)

Q: 전화번호가 몇 번이에요? (What is your telephone number)

A: 224-2243이에요. (It is 224-2243)

{In this case,  ‘224-2243’ is pronounced as ‘이이사에 이이사삼’ because we are using Sino-Korean numbers and the ‘-‘ is pronounced as ‘에’ when using together with numbers}

{전화번호 means telephone number}

 

 

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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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