Verb + (으)면 [ Korean Grammar ] 

 July 13, 2021

By  Smriti

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Today we’ll see how to form sentences with grammar pattern “ Verb + (으)면 “ with some example sentences.

Verb (으)면 has the meaning of once, if, when etc. in English and has to be used with verb like for example :

  • When spring comes – 봄 오면~
  • If it rains  – 비 오면~
  • Once I learn how to speak Korean – 한국어 말할수있면~

The rule to conjugate :

In case of verbs like 먹다, 가다 etc.

Remove 다 from the main verb and add (으)면 in the end of the verb stem.

1) If the verb stem after removing 다 from the main verb, ends with a consonant then 으면 has to added after the verb stem.

Eg : 먹다 – To eat

먹으면 – If I eat


2) If the verb stem after removing 다 from the main verb, ends with a vowel the 면 has to be added after the verb stem.

Eg: 가다 – To go

가면 – If I go


3) If the verb stem after removing 다 from the main verb, ends with ㄹ like in 열다 then simply 면 has to be added.

Eg: 열다 – To open

열면 – When it opens


Let’s see some examples :

1 ) 들어가면 안 된다.

He must not go in.

2 ) 점심 먹고 살짝 낮잠 자면 괜찮으려나?

Would it be okay to take a nap after lunch?

3 ) 그 문을 열면 더 작은 방으로 통한다.

The door opens into a smaller room.

4 ) 그녀의 음악을 들으면 난 항상 잠이 온다.

Her music always sends me to sleep.

5 ) 설탕을 너무 많이 먹으면 이가 썩는다.

Too much sugar will rot your teeth.

6 ) 그 애는 웃으면 예쁜 보조개가 생긴다.

She has lovely dimples when she smiles.

7 ) 책을 읽으면 항상 잠이 와.

Reading a book always puts me to sleep.


Related Korean grammar posts :

어서/아서 vs (으)니까 and (기) 때문에

Noun +~에서/부터 ~까지

Noun + 보다

Verb+(으)려고 하다

V/A + 아/어/해야 하다 and 되다

Verb + (으)ㄹ수있다/없다


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