Korean Grammar V+고 나서 – After (doing something) 

 May 2, 2022

By  Smriti

Today we'll be looking at the usage of "Verb ~고 나서" Korean grammar pattern with some examples.

Usage :

This auxiliary verb pattern is compatible only with action verbs and signifies that the action of the main verb has come to an end.

It is used to indicate any action which has been done in the past or has been finished is followed by another action.

It can be equivalent to saying "After ……ing" etc. in English to indicate any action finished and the next action in sequence.

For example : 

1) After finishing my homework I slept at 3am. 

새벽 3시에 숙제를 끝나고 나서 잠을 잤다.

2) After eating I always do my dishes.

밥을 먹고 나서 설거지를 한다.

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Conjugation rules :

Verb ~고 나서 is attached after the verb stem irrespective of whether the stem ends with a consonant or vowel.

You simply have to remove the ~다 from the root verb and add ~고 나서 in the end of the verb stem. 

For example 가다 :

Remove ~다 from 가다 and add ~고 나서 that makes 가고 나서.


Lets see some examples to understand the usage :

1) It suddenly turned cold after it rained. 

비가 오고 나서 날씨가 갑자기 추워졌다


2) We all meet at the farm, then separate. 

우리 모두는 농장에서 만나고 나서 헤어진다


3) Let's eat first then think about it. 

우선 밥 먹고 나서 그 문제에 대해 생각해 보자


4) Wash your hands, quick and then eat. 

빨리 손을 씻고 나서 식사해라


5) He laughed after hearing the whole story

그는 자초지종을 듣고 웃었다


6) I go to school and study.

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