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V~는/ㄴ 답시고 [Korean Grammar]

Today we'll be looking at the usage of "V ~는/ㄴ 답시고" with some example sentences.


The first clause in the sentence reports what a person intends to do or says they are going to do, and the second clause shows the contrasting truth of events.

답시고 is a connective ending used in the first clause of the statement, when the speaker is displeased about the subject claiming that the preceding statement is the reason for the following action.

V~는/ㄴ 답시고 [Korean Grammar]

The word "답시고" means…. under the pretence of, with the intention of, with a view to, motives of etc.

It can be used like ~다면서 or ~다고 하면서, but the speaker is always disapproving or dissatisfied about the result in the second clause. It seems kind of sarcastic.

Thing to keep in mind : 는/ㄴ 답시고 is always added after verbs.

The rule to conjugate is simple:
  1. If the word doesn't ends with a final consonant (받침) but instead ends with a vowel, then ~ㄴ 답시고 is used.
  2. If the word ends with a final consonant (밧침) then ~는 답시고 is used.
예문 :

1. 도서관에 간 답시고 나가서 놀기만했다.

He said he was going to go to the library, but then he just played outside.

2. 그가 집안 일을 도와 준 답시고 내 스웨터를 물에 빨았 더니 줄어들 게했다.

He said he'd help with the household chores, but then he shrunk my sweater in the wash. 

3. 지수는 도와준답시고 귀찮게 해서 오히려 폐만 된다.

Jisoo is helpful and annoying, and it just becomes a nuisance.


4. 동생은 라디오를 고친답시고 만지다가 아예 망가뜨려 버렸다.

My younger brother seemed to have fixed the radio, and he broke it while touching it.


5. 승규가 위로한답시고 한 말이 민준이에게는 오히려 상처가 되었다.

What Seung-gyu seemed to be comforting and said to Min-jun was rather hurt.


6. 내 이사를 돕는답시고 친구가 오히려 더 정신이 없다.

He seems to be helping my moving house, and my friend is more distracted.


7.아들 녀석은 책을 읽는답시고 앉아서 꾸벅꾸벅 졸고 있다.

My son is reading a book and is sitting and dozing off.


8.승규는 길을 묻는답시고 지나가는 여자에게 말을 걸어 보았다.

Seung-gyu asked for directions and talked to a woman passing by.


9. 가:지수는 어디 갔어?

A: Where did Jisoo go?

나:공부도 다 안 해 놓고 스트레스를 받는답시고 놀러 나갔어요.

B:  I didn't study at all and I thought I was stressed out and went out to play.

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