Verbs—An Introduction

As you may remember from your studies of English, a verb is a word that expresses action or existence. Korean verbs not only expresss action (to walk) and existence (to be), but also express description (to be interesting; to be good).

For the regular verbs in English, which are few and far between, you take the verb as you find it in the dictionary and add endings and helping verbs as appropriate:

Dictionary form:walk
He/she present form:walks
Past tense:walked
Progressive form:is walking

Almost all Korean verbs are regular, and they use a similar “stems and pieces” approach.

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