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A/V ~다가는 [ Korean Grammar ]
January 17, 2022

Today we'll be looking at the usage of " A/V ~다가는 " Korean grammar point with some example sentences.


We have learned -다가 grammar pattern before which is used as a connective ending, when an action is interrupted and another action or state starts.

But 다가는 has different usage:

It is used as a connective ending for implying the negative situation or unexpected result that will happen if a preceding action or state continues. Usually it's used to warn about some negative consequence.

The first clause often contains 이렇게, 그렇게, 저렇게.

Example: 술을 그렇게 급하게 마시다가는 금방 취해 버린다. (If you drink in such a hurry, you will get drunk quickly.)

It can be attached with both the verbs and adjectives.

The basic conjugation rules are :

V/A ~다가는 :

You can simply add ~다가는 after verb stem irrespective of whether the stem ends with a consonant or vowel. 


Likewise with Adjectives as well, you can add ~다가는 after the adjective stem irrespective if whether the stem ends with a consonant or vowel. 


Let's look at the way of using this grammar :

A connective ending used to imply that a negative situation or unexpected result will happen if a preceding action or state continues.

  • 그렇게 공부하다가는 시험에 떨어질 거예요.
    If he keeps studying like that, he will fail the exam.
  • 이렇게 비가 많이 오다가는 홍수가 날지도 몰라요.
    If it keeps raining this much, a flood might happen.
  • You'll be in trouble if you make a mistake.
    실수했다가는 큰일난다.
  • If you drink in such a hurry, you will get drunk quickly.
    술을 그렇게 급하게 마시다가는 금방 취해 버린다.
  • If the sun shines like this, you will be susceptible to sunstroke.
    햇볕이 이렇게 내리쬐다가는 일사병에 걸리기 십상이겠어요.
  • If I work at the current pace, I won't be able to finish it even if I stay up all night.
    지금의 속도로 일을 하다가는 오늘 밤을 새도 다 못 끝내겠어요.
  • There may be a big accident if you ride a bicycle and speed like that down the road downhill.
    자전거를 타고 내리막길에서 저렇게 속력을 내다가는 큰 사고가 날지도 몰라요.
  • If you keep delaying what you have to do, you will get out of control later.
    자꾸 할 일을 미루다가는 나중에 걷잡을 수 없이 많아질 거예요.

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