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이라고 [ Korean Grammar ]
January 29, 2022

Today we'll be looking at the usages of ~(이)라고 Korean grammar with some examples.

Usage :

This grammar pattern roughly translates to "is called, called by, said as, said that" etc. For example, if you want to say, "I'm called Andy/People call me Andy", then you can say, "저는 앤디라고 해요".

Conjugation rule :
The basic conjugation rule is :

~이라고 is added after the final consonant.

~라고 is added after the final vowel.

For example :
  • My friends call me mina.

제 친구는 저를 미나라고 해요.

  • 'Hi' is said as "annyeong-haseyo" in Korean language.
"Hi" 는 한국어로 "안녕하세요"라고 해요.
  • This is Korean traditional dress called Hanbok.

이거는 한국 전통 옷인데 한복이라고 해요.

It can be used as a post-positional particle used to indicate that one is not happy with the preceding statement.

  • Having a son is such a nuisance to my parents.

아들이라고 하나 있는 게 이렇게 부모 속을 썩이네요.

  • Are you listening to that noise as a song?

그 시끄러운 걸 지금 노래라고 듣고 있는 거예요?

  • Seung-gyu said he was studying for two hours and then slept, saying he was tired.

승규는 공부라고 두 시간 하더니 피곤하다며 자요.

It can be used as a  post-positional particle that indicates the cause or reason for the following content.
  • A doctor can't know everything.

박사라고 모든 걸 다 알 수는 없어요.

  • Being rich does not necessarily mean being happy.

부자라고 반드시 행복한 것은 아니에요.

  • Do you think I'll be scared because I'm a girl?

내가 여자라고 겁도 많을 거라고 생각해요?

It can be used as a post-positional particle that means "everything is the same without exception."

Why are you making such a fuss about where we are?

여기가 어디라고 이렇게 소란을 피우느냐?

  •  He's the strongest among us. Who would you pick on him?

승규가 우리 중에 힘이 제일 센데 누구라고 덤비겠어요?

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