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

안녕하세요!

Last week, we talked about this in first and second person questioning and statements, i.e., “I want/I wish” or “Do you want/Do you wish?” This week we will be looking at how to ask these same questions and make these same statements in 3rd person, i.e., “He wants/she wishes.”

Alright, let’s review and then we’ll get started!

-고 싶어요

  • 싶다 | to be desirous of or to want (requires -고 to express a “want”)
  • -고 | and; and then
    • connects a sentences
    • particle

i.e.,

  • 난 가고 싶어요. | “I want to go.”/ “I wish to go.”/ “I would like to go.”

End of review.

-고 싶어하다

  • used to express the wants and wishes of another person
  • also known as 3rd person

This also needs to be conjugated in the sentence but it’s nothing unfamiliar. We’re only conjugating 하다.

Let’s look at some examples.

  • 영화를 보고 싶어해요. | “He/She wants to see the movie.”
    • Pronouns are understood in this sentence but if you’re trying to be specific because the person you’re speaking with may not know who you’re talking about then you would either use the person’s name or you would have to use the proper pronoun name in Korean.
      • i.e., “그 (he)” or “그녀 (she)”
      • 그는 영화를 보고 싶어해요.
      • 그녀는 영화를 보고 싶어해요.
      • Sam는 영화를 보고 싶어해요.
  • 밥을 먹고 싶어해요. | “He/She wants to eat rice.”

Okay so we’ll stop here. All week we’ll be looking at more examples and maybe even more complex sentences.

Alright that’s all for today!

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