V + 아/어 보다 [Korean Grammar] 

 May 2, 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 grammar pattern “V + 아/어 보다" with some example sentences.

It expresses trying out or experiencing an action. It is equivalent to ‘try’ in English.

When using it in a present tense it expresses trying something but when using it in past tense it expresses having the experience of doing something.

  1. V + 아 보다 is used when the verb stem ends with ㅗ or ㅏ
  2. V + 어 보다 is used when the verb stem ends with vowels other than ㅗ or ㅏ
  3. When verb ends with 하, the form changes to 해보다.

How to conjugate 'V + 아/어 보다' grammar pattern?

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Pattern

Case

Example

1

V + 아 보다

Used when verb stem ends with ㅗ or ㅏ

가 보다 etc.

2

V + 어 보다

Used when the verb stem ends with vowel/consonant other than ㅗ or ㅏ

먹어 보다 etc.

1) Regarding the ‘아 보다’ conjugation information, remove ‘다’ from basic form of the verb, if the verb stem ends with ㅗ or ㅏ, attach ‘아 보다 ’ after the verb stem. 

Example sentences :

  1. 제가 한번 읽어볼까요? - May I try to read it? 
  2. 제가 한번 해 볼게요. - I will try to do it.
  3. 저는 부산에 가 봤어요. - I have been to Busan.

2) Regarding the ‘어 보다’ conjugation information, remove ‘다’ from basic form of the verb, if the verb stem ends with vowel other than ㅗ or ㅏ, attach ‘어 보다 ’ after the verb stem.

Example sentences :

  1. 저는 이 노래를 들어 봤어요. - I have listened to this song.
  2. 한번만 이 책 읽어봐. - Read this book once.
  3. 맛있다 ! 이거 먹어 봐요. - Delicious ! Try this once. 

NOTE :

The verb which end with 하다 change it to 해보다.  For eg : 공부하다 becomes 공부 해보다

EXAMPLE SENTENCES


  1. 한국 드라마 보는 거 좋아하니까 한번 한국어 공부 해 볼래요. ( I like watching Korean dramas, so I will try studying Korean once. )
  2. 날씨가 많이 더워졌었서 이 주말에 제주로 가 볼래요? ( The weather has gotten so hot, why don't you go to Jeju this weekend ? )
  1. 일이 너무 많아서 고향에 못 하니까 전화 한번 해 볼 수 있을까요? ( I have so much work that I can't visit my hometown, so can you give them a call once ? )
  1. 이런 음식 한국에서 못 먹어죠 ? 한번 먹어 볼래요 ? ( You can't eat this kind of food in Korea, right ? Would you like to try it ? )

Check out the list of 200 Korean verbs given below and practice making your own sentences with V + 아/어 보다 ending.

Learning Korean can be tricky, especially when the goal of your learning is conversation. If you’ve ever attempted to speak Korean but were unable to, then hopefully you’ll find this post helpful.

Thank you for reading. If you have any questions or suggestions. Comment down below. 

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