Level 4 Lesson 27 / I think … (+ future tense) / -(으)ㄴ/(으)ㄹ/ㄴ 것 같다, 한 것 같다, 할 것 같다

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안녕하세요! In our previous lessons, we have learned how to make noun groups in various tenses. In this lesson, we are going to look at how to say “I think” or “it looks like” in Korean using those noun groups, including the future tense. We talked about this in Level 3 Lesson 9 regarding the present tense, so if you want to go review, please click here.

Be sure to check the PDF for the correct spelling of the expressions and if you have any questions, please feel free to leave us comments!

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.


  • Ari

    Why is it spelled 좋은 instead of 좋는? Isn’t 좋은 the past tense form?? Same with 뭐인, why not 뭐이는 if it’s present tense?

    • Declan Mayer

      They are adjectives and follow the -(으)ㄴ form.

  • Alexx

    I’m a little bit confused on how to conjugate “이다” using this form. Is it considered an adjective? Meaning that “는” can not be used on it? And if that is so, how do you differentiate between past and present tense with “이다”?

    내가 오늘 서명한 신청이는 것 같아. = I think this is the application I signed today.

    Is this correct? 감사합니다 !

  • César Duarte

    밥 말리 더 멋은 것 같아요.

  • Jon Doe

    None of your links are working here….pleasE fix!

  • Kirstie M

    Hello. I’m a bit confused. I would like to title a section on my blog using the translation of “what I think” in hangul because it’s a section about Kpop MV reviews. Which tense would be correct?

  • 향기

    다 공부한 것 같았어요….ㅋㅋㅋ

  • Stevie boy

    좀 도와 주세요 ~_~ 고맙습니다.

    1. 코 아직 자라는 것 같아요.
    2a. 주말에 더 좋은 것 같아요.
    2b. 주말이 더 좋은 때 같아요.
    3. 너무 바빠도 거의 맨날 공부해야 되는 것 같아요.
    4. 시간 별로 없어서 아무데나 가야 되는 것 같아요.
    5. 한국어로 말할수록 빨리 배울 것 같아요.
    6. 항상 숙제하는데 선생님들 사이에서 인기가 훨씬 많은 것 같아요.
    7. 그 시험은 4 덜 받을 리가 없는 것 같았어요.
    8. 시합 전에 테니스를 연습해 보면 수업 끝난 뒤에 공원에 직접 가야 되는 것 같아요.
    9. 이러면 안 되는 것 같아요.

    많은 이상해죠? ㅠㅠ

  • Matt

    저는 레슨을 유용할 것 같아요. = I think this lesson will be useful.
    저는 도착하고 밤늦은 것 같아요. = I think they arrived late at night.
    저는 뒤뜰에 강아지들 놀는 것 같아요. = I think the puppies are playing in the backyard.

    감사합니다 for the lesson!

  • Sanjeeda Masroor

    1) I think i’m going to watch TV all day.
    – 제가 하루 종일 텔레비전을 볼 것 같은대요

    2) I think he’s going to be famous.
    – 그 사람은 유명할 것 같아요

    3)I think i’ve seen this earlier.
    – 이거 아까 본 것 같은대요

    4) I think mom is going to be angry.
    – 엄마가 성난할 것 같아요

    In the first sentence, 하루 종일 doesn’t seem right. Usually, it means everyday. But what I need is “the whole day”. 아무나 도와줄 수 있어요? 감사합니다!

    • metal_samurai

      하루 종일 does mean the whole day or all day, so that’s fine. every day would be 매일.

  • Anna Levesque

    지금, 한국어를 공부한 다음에, 침대로 갈 것 같아요.

    감사합니다!

  • lemontumblr

    can you say “내일 비가 아마 올것 같아요” or is it weird to use 아마 if you already are saying “…같아요?”

    • Seokjin Jin

      It is not weird to say so. You did a good job. Naturally, we put 아마 before 비가.
      내일 아마 비가 올 것 같아요. Like this.

  • Kamil Demočko

    Hi, I’d like to ask a question, I was writing a sentence: 지금 밸런타인 닐이 있어서 사랑을 다 주고 싶는 것 같아요. (Since it’s Valentine’s day I think I want to give all my love out. /at this moment/)– But i’ve been corrected it should be ~싶은 것 같아요. I would understand 싶을 같아요, as to “i will give”.. but why the past tense?

  • Deepest Nightmare

    누가 한 것 알아도 말 안 할 것 같아요…
    Even though he knows who did it, I don’t think he’ll tell me.(I think he won’t tell me)

    이 컴백 좋을 것 같아요.
    I think this comeback will be good.

    오늘은 좋는 것 같아요.
    I think today is a good day.

    죽을 것 같아요.
    I think they’ll kill me.

    맞아요? ><

  • Klaudia

    안녕하세요!
    So how would you say “I think that X and Y are similar”?
    저는 X 하고 y 비슷하 것 같아요

  • Angela Capellan

    난 비 내릴 것 같았어서 집에 있었어요. I thinked that will rain, so I stayed in home

  • Sónia Alves

    Help, I’m confused…이거 뭐인 것 같아요? [i-geo mwo-in geot ga-ta-yo?]
    = What do you think this is?
    But isn’t this in the past tense?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Alvina Lin

      YEAH, it’s confusing me too.
      how do I say “What do you think that was?”
      Is it the same as” 이거 뭐인 것 같아요?” ?