Korean Grammar V+ 지 말다 – Don’t do (something) 

 May 6, 2022

By  Smriti

Today we'll be looking at the usage of "Verb +지 말다" Korean grammar pattern with some examples.

Usage :

It is an expression used to prohibit the act mentioned in the preceding statement.

This pattern is used to issue a prohibition against the action or state of the main verb. 

The equivalent meaning in English would be "Don't do (something)"

Conjugation rule :

After removing ~다 from the root verbs add ~지 말다 to the verb stem, irrespective of whether the stem ends with a consonant or vowel. 

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Let's see some example sentences :

1) I'll give you some snacks. Don't cry.

과자 줄게 울지 말아라


2) Don't play in the street, play in the house.

길에서 놀지 말고 집안에서 놀아.


3) Don't smoke here.

여기서는 담배를 피우지 마십시오


4) Shall we not go home today?

우리 오늘 집에 들어가지 말까 ?


5) Don't make a noise in the classroom.

교실에서는 떠들지 마라.


6) Mom told you not to fight with your sister, right?

엄마가 동생이랑 싸우지 말라고 했지?


7) Don't get sick and always stay healthy.

아프지 말고 항상 건강하게 지내.

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