~ㄹ/을 것 같다 (It seems like/likely) | [Grammar of the Week]

안녕하세요!

Either later today, tomorrow or Monday I will be doing a new Weekend Update as well as a new Artist of the Week. It’s been a busy busy week and I’m already exhausted just thinking about what else I have left to do.

We’ve talked before about probability, possibility and if/then sentences, but I can’t remember us talking about “It seems to be” sentences. So today, really quickly, we’re going to give this topic some thought.

Let’s get started!

~ㄹ/을 것 같다

We know about conjugations. So you know that ~ㄹ/을 is added on to the end of the word we’re connecting to this ending.

것 같다 means “it seems to be/it is likely”. So when we add this to the end of the sentence, we’re implying this interpretation. However, this can also be used to take on the meaning of probability.

For example,

  • “I will likely be going out”. vs “I will probably go out”.

We can see from the example that even though, in English, it’s written differently, it does in fact mean the same thing.

Okay, so we will be doing examples of this all week. I don’t want to do too many examples in this lesson because then the weekly examples will be a bit repetitive.

That’s all for today!

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