어느 vs. 어떤 pt. 2 | [Grammar of the Week]

안녕하세요!

I almost completely skipped the second part of this because I got so excited about what I’ve been working on. I was ready to just immediately jump into it. However, now is not the time and so, we shall wait a little while longer on it. Just know it’s activity based and conversational. We’ve covered a lot of grammar topics and now it’s time to officially put them to work.

I won’t spoil it! Let’s get started!

Quick Review:

어떤 | Part of Speech: determiner [see definition below]

  • Can also be used to ask about specific qualities, characteristics, conditions, etc.
  • Meaning:
    • For questions: “which; which kind” (can sometimes take on the meaning of “what”)
    • For statements: “some; any; certain; of a certain kind”
      • i.e.,
        • 어떤 소다입니까? | “What kind of soda is that?” / “Which kind of soda is that?”
        • 어떤 사람들은 우습다. | “Some people are funny.”

A determiner is a person or thing that decides or determines something. A modifying word that determines the kind of reference a noun or noun group has, for example “a, the, every.”

This week, we’re looking at 어느.

어느 | Part of Speech: determiner

  • Meaning:
    • used in determining “which” one something is
    • “which”
  • i.e.,
    • 네가 어느 거니? | “Which one is yours?”

I told you last week that having an understanding of 어떤 would make this week easier to understand because it would be like adding on to the foundation of what you already know and hopefully you see why.

We’ll be looking at examples of this all this week!

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