-고 싶어요 (Expressing Wishes/Wants) | [Grammar of the Week]

안녕하세요!

Last week, we worked on building sentences based on grammar principles and words that we’re studied all this time! I really hope that by the end of it you were able to make at least one sentence on your own based on the examples. We’ll be doing that again the future.

This week, we’re going to look at a topic that I thought we discussed but I don’t think we did. It’s focused on expressing wishes, i.e., “I wish to do (x)” or “I want to go (x).” If we already studied this then we’ll just look at this as review.

Alright let’s get started!

-고 싶어요

  • If you remember last week, we talked a lot about 싶다 and used -고 a few times in sentences. But for the sake of review, let’s go over it again.
    • 싶다 | to be desirous of or to want (requires -고 to express a “want”)
    • -고 | and; and then
      • connects a sentences
      • particle

-고 싶어요 is used for 1st person (I/We want; would like; wish) and 2nd person (Do you want? Would you like?) statements and questions and also 3rd person, i.e., “he wants” or “she would like”.

We’re only going to focus on 1st/2nd person today and then next week we’ll look at 3rd person.

Let’s look at some examples.

  • 난 가고 싶어요. | “I want to go.”/ “I wish to go.”/ “I would like to go.”
  • 이것 사과를 먹고 싶어요. | “I want to eat this apple.”/ “I would like to eat this apple.”
  • 물을 마시고 싶으세요? | “Do you want to drink water?”/”Would you like to drink water?”

Okay so those are some examples of how this works. We’ll be doing examples on this all week before moving to 3rd person.

Keep practicing making your own sentences as well!

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