Grammar of the Week | 한다 vs. 한다고


After last week’s lesson on wants and wishes of others and the previous weeks lesson on how to express your own wants and wishes, we’re going to shift to one of the grammar concepts that came up a couple of times in the examples I was using. We’re looking at 한다 vs. 한다고. This week we will focus on 한다 and next week we’ll look at 한다고.

Let’s get started!

-한다 | to do (at this moment)

  • present tense
  • conjugated verb ending
  • comes from the verb 하다

So above in the definition, we see that it is in relation to doing something at that very moment.


  • 내가 지금 읽고을 한다. | I am reading.

The easiest way to think of this is to remember that it is only in reference to the present. It can also be used for wants/wishes like. Let’s look at an example from last week’s lesson, 읽다 + -고 싶어하다.

  • 그녀는 책을 읽고 싶어한다.
    • Translation: “In this particular moment,  she wants to read.”

Alright so this week we will be looking at more examples of how/when to use this.


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