A-아/어하다 [ Korean Grammar ] 

 August 10, 2021

By  Smriti

Learning grammar is one of the most difficult things for Korean language learners. On this blog we will try to help you learn Korean grammar in the quickest and easiest way possible. This blog will be helpful for those who are studying Korean language and want to improve their grammar skills.

Today we’ll see how to form sentences with Korean grammar pattern "A-아/어하다 "with some example sentences.

A-아/어하다 [ Korean Grammar ]

A-아/어하다 is used to express the feeling of observation by the speaker about something. 

It is equivalent to saying " seems like " or "appears (to be)" in English. 

*** It is added after the Adjectives to make it a verb

There are three ways to use this grammar pattern 

  1. Adjective + 아하다
  2. Adjective + 어하다
  3. Adjective + 해하다

Rules to conjugate :

Adjective + 아하다

After removing 다 from the root verb, if the verb stem ends with 아 or 오 then ~아하다 is added.

Eg : 싸다 - 싸하다

아프다 - 아파하다


Adjective + 어하다

After removing 다 from the root verb, if the verb stem ends with anything other than 오 or 아 then ~어하다 has to be added. 

Eg : 아름답다 - 아름다워하다

무섭다 - 무서워하다

싫다 - 싫어하다


Adjective + 해하다

After removing 다 from the root verb, if the verb stem ends with 하 then ~해하다 has to be added. 

Eg :  시원하다 - 시원해하다

피곤하다 - 피곤해하다


Keeping in mind the above rule. Let's see some examples to understand it properly. 

  1. 오늘 회사에 무슨 일이 있는지 분위기가 싸하다 - I wonder if something's going on at work today. The atmosphere seems down and everyone is silent.


  1. 내 조카는 장난감을 가지고 노는 것을 좋아해요. - My nephew likes to play with toys.


  1. 날씨가 시원해하다. - The weather is cool. 


  1. 자기 그림자를 두려워하다, 전전긍긍하다.- Fear of one's own shadow, trembling.


Related Korean grammar posts :

(으)ㄴ/는/인 데다가

Verb + 기 전에 and Noun + 전에

Verb + (으)면서

Verb + 았/었으면 좋겠다

Verb + (으)면


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