-ㄹ/을까 I wonder…
August 22, 2009 by tailieutienghan
-ㄹ/을까 (eulkka) is a grammatical structure that usually acts as a sentence-ending part. This is in the same form as the volitional, but the meaning is different. When -ㄹ/을까 is used when talking about an incident, a person's feelings or the state of things, it expresses a suppositive or assumptive question.
▶ Future / Present Tense
– Verb stem ending in a vowel + -ㄹ까
– Verb stem ending in a consonant + -을까
▶ Past Tense
– Verb stem + -았/었/였- + -을까
* You can add -요 at the end of this structure to make the language more polite, but this grammatical structure doesn't have a formal politeness level, so you can't use the -ㅂ니다/까 ending with this structure.
해(intimate) – 해요(standard) – 합니다(formal)
할까 (intimate) – 할까요 (standdard) – none (formal)
1. 민호가 이걸 좋아할까? (minho-ga igeol joahalkka?)
– Do you think Minho will like this?
2. 내일 비 올까? (naeil bi olkka?)
– Will it rain tomorrow?
3. 언제가 좋을까? (eonje-ga joeulkka?)
– When do you think will be good?
4. 엄마가 잘 도착했을까? (eomma-ga jal dochakhaesseulkka?)
– I wonder if Mom has arrived safely.
5. 여기가 어디일까? (yeogi-ga eodi-ilkka?)
– I wonder where we are.
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