Grammar of the Week | -(으)ㄹ 거예요 vs. -(으)ㄹ 게요 (part 1) + 갈 게요 [Word of the Day]


No, you aren’t seeing things, this is literally the same word over again. Why am I talking about it again? Well, it’s not because I forgot I already covered it. I’m going over this again because we’re actually going to go into more detail about it. Instead of updating a previous post that you may or may not be able to find again, I decided to just go ahead and do this over with new information as promised.

Before I start, I need to make a correction here: I got the two verb stems backwords and I am so sorry I didn’t catch it sooner!! I’ll correct it on the posts as well.

The meaning has not changed, they both do express future action but the reasonings behind them are different.

  • -(으)ㄹ 거예요 | future action regardless of what the person says
    • This verb stem is used to reflect your own future actions and what the person you’re speaking with has no bearing whatsoever on your actions.

So here we go!

갈 게요 | “I will go”

Okay, so we remember what it means? But why/how is this any different that the other way? It’s still saying “I will go” so how is it different from 갈 거예요 other than pronounciation and spelling?

Well, let’s break it down.

-(으)ㄹ 게요 | future tense; attached to a verb stem to express future actions however, this focuses more on your actions because of what the other person said.

So for example, someone says, “I’m going to the party.” And you say, “Well, 갈 게요!” You’re saying, “Okay, I’m going because you said you’re going.”

We will do the same thing this week as last week with examples as Word of the Day posts.


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