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Verb + 다가 [ Korean Grammar ]

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 Korean grammar pattern " Verb + 다가 " with some example sentences.

Verb + 다가 [ Korean Grammar ]

V-다가 grammar is used to indicate the speaker's interruption of any action to immediately start doing another action. V-다가 can be equivalent to " and/but then " in English.

Rule to conjugate :

After removing 다 from the root verb, add ~다가 after verb stem irrespective of whether the verb stem ends with consonant or vowel. 

1) 숙제를 하다가 친구에게 전화가 와서 나갔어요.

While doing homework, I received a call from my friend so I went out.

2) 공부를 하다가 잠이 들어 버렸어요.

I fell asleep while studying.

3) 이 빵은 공부를 하다가 배가 고프면 먹어라.

Eat this bread when you are hungry while studying.

4) 우리 풍선 사다가 불어 볼까?

Should we buy some balloons and blow it ?

5) 난 하룻밤에 세 번을 자다가 깼다.

I woke up three times in one night.

6) 내가 방으로 들어가자 그녀가 책을 읽다가 쳐다보았다.

As I entered the room, she looked at me while reading a book.

7) 너 계속 그런 식으로 나가다가는 큰코다칠 거다

If you keep doing that, you're going to get hurt.

8) 축구를 하다가 넘어져서 다쳤어요.

I was playing soccer and then I felt and got hurt.

9) 잠을 자다가 엄마에게 전화가 와서 나갔어요.

I was sleeping and then I got a call from a friend, so I went out.

10) 인도에서 회사에 다니다가 한국으로 이사왔어요.

I've worked for a company in India and then I moved to Korea.

To understand TOPIK Test structure, application process, Levels and Passing scores etc. check these pages:

  1. TOPIK – The Complete Guide & 2. TOPIK Levels and Passing Marks. You can also Practice Online with TOPIK GUIDE Mock Tests.

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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.

  • Hello,
    #9 example sentence has a mistake. 엄마에게 is “from my mom”, not “from a friend.”

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