Level 3 Lesson 9 / to seem like, to look like (used with verbs) / 한 것 같아요

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In this lesson, we are looking at how to use 같아요 with verbs. In order to use 같아요 with verbs to mean “I think…” “It looks like…” or “It seems to me that…”, you need to change the verb into its noun form. Find out how by listening to the lesson and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave us comments!

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  • Sena Rainey

    도 행복한 것 같아요.
    I think they are very happy.

    도 늦은 것 같아요.
    I think it’s very late.

  • Katie Garcia

    샤이니 멤버 태민은 예쁜 것 같아요
    SHINee member Taemin seems to be pretty

    저는 10월에 한국에 갈 것 같아요
    I think I will go to Korea in October

    우리 남편은 너무 졸린 것 같아요
    I think my husband is too sleepy

    • JooyeonPark

      Perfect! 😀
      Keep it up!

    • Katie Garcia


  • Marina Tetelin

    Ouiiiiii, j’ai adoré l’introduction en Français :3

    송지효는진짜 멋있은것 같아요.

    I think that Song Ji Hyo is really cool.

  • Celso Moraes

    If I want to say “I think I can understand” can I say it like this: “이해 할 수 있는 거 같아요” ?

    • Celso Moraes

      Just completing 천천히 말하면 이해 할 수 있는 거 같아요 can it mean ” If you speak slowly I think I can understand you” ?

  • Vichhai(계상)

    A는 B보다 큰 것 같아요. “I think A is taller than B.” is that right?

  • Carlen Wirth

    What about verbs that end with a consonant in the past and future tense? For example, “I think they were eating.”

  • 노래는 것 같아요.
    Is this right?

    • 노래 같아요/노래는 같아요 is better because 노래 is like a noun

  • Viny Lam

    Why is there no past tense for descriptive verbs in noun form?

    • Dickson

      Yeah I’m looking for this too, any answers? Descriptive verbs in past tense in noun form?

  • Minah

    how can i say “the pictures are like art” ?

  • Dania Freih

    비가 올 것 같아요.
    it looks like it’s going to rain.
    혼자 간 것 같아요.
    I think he went alone.

  • yourippehdees

    요즘 번대기를 더 먹는 곳 같아요.
    Lately I seem to be eating more beondegi.

    다음 시즌에 박병호 인기 야구 선수 있을 곳 같아요.
    Next season, I think Park Byung Ho will be a baseball star.

    이년은 덜 먹은 곳 하고 더 마신 곳 같아요.
    This year I seem to have eaten less and drank more.

    • nudg33

      hi, its 것 not 곳

    • yourippehdees

      Thanks for that catch!

  • lemontumblr

    I’m unclear as to the difference between the past and present tense conjugations…they both have ㄴ?

    • one goes under the descriptive verb and the other is in front of it. 산 vs. 사는, 이야기한 vs. 이야기하는.

    • lemontumblr

      Thanks…I’m still a little confused though. 나는 can be contracted to 난 right? But it’s still the present tense…is that just the exception to the rule? ^^;

      In general, the ㄴ under a word is the past tense, and 는 in full is present tense?

    • JooyeonPark

      “나는” is not a verb. 나 is a noun and a subject. So, it’s nothing to do with the past or the present. Like you said, 나는 sometimes can be shortened to 난 when speaking.

    • Yes exactly. 난 is just a shorter way of saying it. like 너를 (you as an object) can be shortened to 널. You can hear this a lot on songs. 나를 –> 날. 저를 –> 절 (though I don’t hear this a lot but I’ve seen it before). But 내가 can not be shortened to 낵. same with 제가 and 니가/네가.

    • 난 is just a shorter way of saying it. like 너를 (you as an object) can be shortened to 널. You can hear this a lot on songs. 나를 –> 날. 저를 –> 절 (though I don’t hear this a lot but I’ve seen it before). But 내가 can not be shortened to 낵. same with 제가 and 니가/네가.

  • pppjyddkyyss


    내일은 비가 올 것 같아서 집에 있을 거예요.

    오늘 재 친구가 슬픈는 것 같아요 그레서 친구한테 꽃을 살 거예요.

    그 사람은 이상한 것 같아지만 이제 좋아해요.

    “너만 초코릿을 샀어? 그는 너를 좋아하는 것 같아.” 저한테 재 친구가 말했어요.

    제가 틀렸으면 정정해 주십시오!

  • Teddy

    재미있다 in its noun form is 재미있는. But this is descriptive verb, is it not?

  • Sauleh

    Hello! Found your site recently and I love it! Thanks a lot! Have a question though. You said ~것 같아요 used a lot by Korean people in order to soften the way they speak. Is it the same as Japanese people tend to add と思う? (By the way I find these two languages very similar, grammar and vocabulary wise and from the cultural point of view too. As I know and feel Japanese language better I find it very useful to understand nuances through Japanese language.)

  • Malori Green

    이 게임이 너무 재미있을 것 같아요

    너의 노래들 좋는 것 같아요?

    야, 줌준 것 같아요, 맞아요?

  • TheFuzzeePanda

    오늘은, 외보 놀겉 같아요. = It seems like you will play/played(idk which would work with this sentence) outside today.

  • faiza

    Vous parlez trés bien la langue française mes professeurs ^^
    이 년에 성공을 것 같아요 >> i think i’ll succed this year
    어제 피곤한 것 같아서 학교에 안 왔어요 >> it seems that she was tired yesterday so she did not come to school
    무슨 일 있어요 ? 걱정하는 것 같아요 >> what’s going on ?? You look you are worry
    선생님들 제가 잘 했습니까 ?? 도와주세요 ^^
    Et bon courage en français mes profs et aidez-moi s’il vous plaît

  • this lesson sucked the energy from me i only had one lesson today >.<

  • is there past tense in descriptive verbs coz you didn’t mention it at all ..
    ” -(으)ㄴ 것 같아요 = present tense for descriptive verbs / past tense for action verbs
    -는 것 같아요 = present tense for action verbs
    -(으)ㄹ 것 같아요 = future tense for action/descriptive verbs “

  • Harvey Rivas Potot

    -다음 주 일본에 올 태풍은 좀 강할 것 같아요.
    -몸이 진짜 아프고 몇번도 밥을 다 토해서 오늘 병원에 가야 될 것 같아요.