TTMIK Level 9 Lesson 28 – -(으)ㄹ 바에

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In Korean, in order to say something like “if I have to eat cold french fries, I’d rather not eat” or “if I am buying a suit, I might as well buy a matching tie”, using the structure -(으)ㄹ 바에 is the easiest way to make your point clear. -(으)ㄹ 바에 is used to indicate that a second option is much better than the first (not eating is better than eating cold french fries), but it can also mean “as long as you are doing + V”. Listen to this lesson and read the PDF to find out more about how to use -(으)ㄹ 바에.

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TTMIK Level 9 Lesson 28 – -(으)ㄹ 바에
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  • jannyeong

    시험에 실패핼 바에는 그냥 열심히 공부하세요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      열심히 공부하면 시험에 실패할 일은 없겠죠? 🙂

      실패핼 바에는 > 실패할 바에는

  • Heath McVeigh

    졸업한 다음에 귀국할 바에는 그냥 여기서 살면서 일자리를 구해볼게요

  • Rafael Rodrigues

    최경씨하고 안 만날 바에는 저는 차라리 한극에 갈 거예요…

  • Eman

    어차피 학교에 다닐 바에는 열심이 공부해요.
    Could you please tell me which one is correct?
    피곤을 바에는 그냥 혼자서 다 할 게어요.
    피곤할 바에는 그냥 혼자서 다 할 게어요.

    = if doing this will make you tired, I’ll do everything by myself.

    Thanks a lot (: