보이다 to seem, to look
August 22, 2009 by tailieutienghan
This grammatical structure is used to express judgment or assumption after looking at or hearing someone or something. This is used in conjunction with descriptive verbs. It is the equivalent to the English expression “to look/to seem + (adjective).” The adjective that is in front takes on the (아/어/여) conjugation.
보이다 is the verb “to seem,” “to look” and is the verb that expresses tense, negation, and politeness level. This is the verb 보다 (to see), in its passive form.
(Descriptive Verb + 아/어/여) 보이다
(행복하다 + 아/어/여) + 보이다
= Seems happy. (Subject is inferred here).
1.그 사람이 착해 보여.
(That person looks kind.)
2.영어 어려워 보여.
(English looks hard.)
(It looks hot.)
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