Level 3 Lesson 6 / future tense / -(으)ㄹ 거예요 vs -(으)ㄹ게요

안녕하세요! In this lesson, we are looking at one more way of talking about the future. In addition to -(ㅇ)ㄹ 거예요, which we already introduced in Level 2 Lesson 1, there is another form that you will often here in everyday spoken Korean, which is -(으)게요.

Listen in to find out how these two are different and why it is important to know the difference!


Thank you for studying with us 🙂 We are very happy that you are enjoying our lessons!

You can download both the PDF lesson notes and the MP3 audio track for this lesson below, and if you want to learn with our various textbooks and workbooks, you can get them on our online bookstore at MyKoreanStore.com. If you have any questions about this lesson, please leave us comments below!

Download PDF

Download MP3

Go to the Grammar Curriculum page to see all of our grammar lessons.

We have a dialogue prepared in 100% Korean based on all the lessons in Level 3. If you want to check how much you can understand before studying all of the Level 3 lessons, try listening to the dialogue here.


Level 3 Grammar Textbook and Workbook

We’ve made the Level 3 lessons even better and published them as a grammar textbook! The grammar textbook itself is filled with very effective comprehension questions, but you can practice even further with our workbook for Level 3. Both are available now on our online bookstore.

 Blank white book w/path

Level 3 Lesson 6 / future tense / -(으)ㄹ 거예요 vs -(으)ㄹ게요
Tagged on:             
  • Ben Lo

    Thanks for the explanation. Very clear. But using it correctly is another story, isn’t it?
    Thank you again.

  • Malori Green

    우아! 이거 먹을 거예요.
    아, 아니요! 이거 매워요!
    진짜? 이거 안 먹을 게요!

  • faiza

    A:파티에 친구랑 올게요 >> A: i’ll go to the party with my friend
    B: 아니요 ~ 친구랑 오지 마세요 >> B: no ~ don’t come with your friend
    A:알았어요 !! 혼자 올게요 >> A: i got it !! I’ll come alone
    선생님 때문에 세숙제 할게요 >> because of the teacher i’ll do three homework
    제가 잘 거예요 >> i’m going to sleep
    몸이 많이 아파요 근데 학교에 갈 거예요 >> i’m so sick but i’ll go to school
    선생님들 도와주세요 ^^

  • Màgda Gejnevall

    okay so let’s say your leaving your friend’s house and you don’t really want to stay but you feel they might want you to. If you say 저 갈 거예요, is that rude then? If you don’t really have a reason to (other than you don’t want to stay) is that considered rude?

  • i can’t believe we are at lvl 3 and yet to teach us the how are you and nice to meet you hehe~

  • i love lvl 3 i think it’s coordinate right better than lvl2

  • 감사합니다

  • 야신

    저는 내일 스마트폰을 살게요 (If that’s alright) I will buy a smartphone tomorrow.

  • haru

    This was a really great lesson, it’s sort of a difficult concept but the lesson is very clear and helpful! 🙂

    I don’t know if this will help anyone else, but one trick I use to help remember the difference between -(으)ㄹ 게요 and -(으)ㄹ 거예요 is this…-(으)ㄹ 게요 is the ending where you’re checking on the reaction of the other person/changing plans b/c of other person… the geh-yo reminds me of “kay” in OK–so if it’s “OK” with you, I will go/study/meet/etc. etc.

    On the other hand, -(으)ㄹ 거예요 I remember the 예 (yeh)–emphasis on the “y” sound in “yeh” and “You”–You’re announcing Your plans, or You’re thinking of You (and Your plans are unchanged). I don’t know, it’s weird, but it helps me, maybe it will help someone else. 🙂

    • Xin Ru

      Your memory trick of associating “-(으)ㄹ 게요” with “kay” did help me! Haha thank you. 😀

  • Aya

    지금 어디예요 ? 저는 커피를 만들게요 !

  • McKenzie Rodwell

    A:어제 LaLaland 봤어요
    B:오!! 그 뭐요? 좋아요?
    A:그 영화랑 Ryan Gosling하고 Emma Stone 정말 좋아요!
    B:그 영화 알아요.
    A:이거 네가 영화 보고 싶어요.
    B:저 볼게요.

    I tried to translate a conversation I had with my friend so yeah please correct me if wrote anything wrong which I probably did ㅋㅋㅋㅋbut trial and error thats how you get better. 🙂 ㅎㅎㅎㅎ

  • nin

    I heard it a lot, but as Hyunwoo said I thought it was (으)ㄹ 거예요 spoken really fast, that’s nice to know. A bit confusing kkkk but I’ll learn it. I also realised that my biggest problem with Korean is my listening, when a word has “particles” (not necessarily particles, but for instance 네시쯤에 has a lot of information together, I don’t understand it).
    네주에(?) 일이 없어, 우리 쇼핑에 갈게? 괜잖아?
    – 엄마 이 차는 살게요.
    – 너무 비싸, 사지마. 그것은 어때?
    – 어디예요?
    – 그 커플 옆에 있어.
    – 아 멋있어요. 볼까요?
    – 어, 빨리하게, 내 머리가 아파.
    이 책이 읽고 이 책이 읽을게요. (Does it mean “I will read this book or this book”?)

    • Rose

      the last one i think it’s saying, I will read this book AND i will also read this book in the future (?)