Level 2 Lesson 19 / Making verbs into nouns / -는 것

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​In this lesson, we are going to learn about a grammatical structure that will come in handy when you want to expand your sentences and make longer and more accurate phrases in Korean. In Korean when you link phrases with other phrases, you often make one phrase into a noun form and have it included in a bigger phrase. In order to do that, we are going to look at how to make verbs into nouns in this lesson. Listen in and pay close attention to what 현우 and 경은 introduce, and be sure to give it a try and make your own sample sentences! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!



You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.


  • Thilak Gunawardena

    저는 이분들 과 공부하는 것을 너무 좋아해요.

  • Katherine Traylor

    저는 현우씨하고 경은씨하고 공부 하는 거 좋아해요.

    지금 YouTube에 보는것이 Dark Shadows이에요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      지금 YouTube에 보는것이 Dark Shadows이에요.

      > 지금 YouTube로 보는것이 Dark Shadows이에요.

      :) Thanks for your comment.

    • Katherine Traylor

      Thanks for your correction. : )

  • Michael Chan

    저는가족랑불고기먹는거를좋아해요

    • Seokjin Jin

      저는가족랑불고기먹는거를좋아해요
      > 저는 가족과 함께 불고기 먹는 것을 좋아해요.

      저도 불고기 좋아해요. ㅎㅎㅎ

  • Andrew T.

    저는 친구랑 먹는 거를 좋아하지만, 그들이 매우 자주 보지 않아요 :(

  • http://twitter.com/jetz531 jetz

    저는 TTMIK이랑 공부하는 것을 정말 좋아하지만 저는 매일 바빠고 피곤해요. 저는 많은 일이 있어요. :(

  • Chris Curry

    이거 맞아요?

    네, 저는 TTMIK의 선생님들이랑 공부하는 거 좋아해요.

  • Chhavi

    Can someone please tell me that during using sentences like “I do,I like…”…i.e. which tell about us,when is 제 used and when is 저 used(signifying I).

    • Seokjin Jin

      Because 제 and 저 mean “I”, you should use “저희” when you want say “us” in Korean. After 제, you can add the particle “가”, and after 저, you can add the particle 는.

    • Chhavi

      감사함니다…..But just for my understanding,저 is used when we/I am the topic of conversation or when I’m talking about myself. While 제 is used when I’m telling that this is something I like or I do…..Right??

  • Kristina Kyulper

    안녕하세요! Can anybody please check my korean sentense?
    한국어를 공부하는 것 저한테 진짜 너무 어려워요. It`s really hard for me to study korean.

    • Anna Le

      I think you can leave out 저한테 and 진짜/너무. You don’t need to translate every single word ^^

  • Francesco Colléter

    안녕 !언늘 검부 하는 것 앵복을 이 서 요 ! Please correct me ! I wanted to say that the fact that i’m studying today makes me happy ~

    • 애슐리

      오늘 공부하는 것 행복이에요

  • Yamuna

    TTMIK 랑 공부하는 좋아 해요 !

    • Trang Nguyen

      공부하는 걸 좋아해요!

  • 소피

    김치 먹는 거 좋아해요. 맛있어요~

  • Ashley Heil

    in the explanation, it says the structure for meok-da is 먹는 것 , but in this sample sentence from the lesson pdf: 매운 것 잘 먹어요 , the 것 part is before the meo-geo-yo, and I do not see a 는 …can someone explain this and why it would be written this way? and not 매운 잘 먹는 것 예요? or something like that?

    • LisahTali

      Well i can explain .. using 먹어요 is a lot less effort. Saying 먹는 것 잘 예요 it just “the fact i can eat” its not specific to /what/ you can eat. but when you want to specify what you do – as they used, “eat SPICY 매운”
      (drink-specific drink > eat specific food> draw specific things) using the noun of what you do and specifically what it is, its just a lot more effort. Image it like this:
      Not specifying what you do: (noun form of verb) + 예요 (i eat i swim)
      Specifying what you do: (specific noun of what you do) + (noun form of verb) + 예요 (i eat chocolate , i swim freestyle)
      When using the noun form is unnecessary. so instead they just:
      (specific noun of what you do with 는 것)+ verb of what you do.
      and with the 는 that is “missing” the verb 매우 ‘to be spicy’ (IN ITS UNCHANGED FORM;;) bear i mind 매워요 has no ㄴ)instead of adding 매우는 it changed to 매운, the ㄴbeing added alone. its just a lot less effort. Korean is all about being simple!

      I really hope that made sense oh my gosh im really bad at explaining ㅠㅠ

    • LisahTali

      i might be wrong in some cases but i tried

  • Neoking

    네, 티티믹에서 한국어를 공부하는 것 좋아해요!

  • 애슐리

    선생님이 책을 주는 것 읽지 않아요 I wanna say “I dont read books that teachers give me” (yeah I know, bad girl) Is this correct? I dont think so, can someone give me the right sentence pls ?

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  • 애슐리

    선생님이 책을 주는 것 읽지 않아요 I wanna say “I dont read books that teachers give me” (yeah I know, bad girl) Is this correct? I dont think so, can someone give me the right sentence pls ?

    • Seokjin Jin

      It will be better to say “선생님이 주는 책은 읽지 않아요.”

    • 애슐리

      So the 것 can be dropped ?

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes. In the sentence, you can drop the 것.

    • 애슐리

      Ah 알겠습니다! Thank u…but. in which case we can drop it ?

    • Seokjin Jin

      In the sentence, I already mentioned 책 that the speaker don’t want to read, so I don’t need to mention “것” again.

  • Connor

    제 취미들 언어 배우는 거예요. 그리고 바손 연주예요.
    Is this correct?

    • Seokjin Jin

      취미들 > 취미는

      제 취미는 언어 배우는 거예요, 그리고 바손 연주예요.

  • Ahmed

    Is there a difference in meaning between 저는 공부를 좋아해요 and 저는 공부하는 것을 좋아해요?

  • 애슐리

    그 여자는 말하는 것 너무 빨라요! I want to say “she speaks too fast” is this correct…?

    • Seokjin Jin

      It is not wrong but naturally, we say 그 여자는 너무 빨리 말해요.

  • Paula Cho

    선생님이 주는것 시험은 진짜 어려워요

    이거 맞아요 선생님?

    • Random Student

      If I’m not wrong, 것/거 refers to “this thing” (which is therefore the subject). Thus if you already have a subject, which is 시험은, it will replace the 것. So it becomes
      선생님이 주는 시험은 진짜 어려워요.

    • Paula Cho

      감사합니다..it is now clear thank you ☺

  • Sally Andrews

    Hello, I’m really confused now. In the workbook for lesson 19 section III, we have to add neun geot to the verbs, why has there been a particle placed after geot in the answers at the back of the book? I couldn’t find that being explained in the lesson. Is it needed, because in the Dictation sentances the speaker simplified geot to geo and never put a particle. Is this important or will it be explained more in depth in a later lesson and I shouldn’t worry too much right now?

  • WhoAteMyChocolate

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    ╠╬╬╬╣누가 내 초콜릿을 먹었어?!!??!!
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