To Have and Have Not

Korean also uses the verbs of existence to express the concept of “to have.” Instead of saying, “[My] friend has a book," ” Korean says, literally, “[As for my] friend, a book exists.” That is:

친구는     있습니다.

(The is the topic marker).

See if you can figure out what these sentences mean:

김 선생님은 접시가 있습니다.

이분은 안경이 없습니다.

Here are the answers

(By the way, Russian and Hebrew also use a similar method of expressing the concept of “to have.”)

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