-느니 If I Have to…, I Would Rather…
August 26, 2009 by tailieutienghan
When you are talking about something that you do not particularly feel like doing, or something that you would not gladly do because you think it is not the best idea to do so, you can use the structure, -느니 (-neuni). You add -느니 after what you do not want to do, and add the part saying what you would rather do after that.
Verb Stem + –느니
가다 (gada) = “to go”
가 + 느니 = 가느니 (ganeuni)
지금 집에 가느니, 여기서 잘게요. (jigeum jib-e ganeuni yeogiseo jalgeyo.) “Rather than going home now, I will just sleep here.”
-느니 (neuni) is often used together with the verb ending -겠다, which expresses intention, but we can use other types of verb endings with it.
1. 나중에 후회하느니, 지금 가 보고 싶어요.
najung-e huhoe-haneuni, jigeum ga bogo sipeoyo.
Rather than regretting it later, I want to go see it now.
2. 이걸 사느니, 차라리 지금 갖고 있는 것을 쓰겠어요.
igeol saneuni, charari jigeum gatgo itneun geos-eul sseugesseoyo.
If I have to buy this one, I would rather just use what I have now.
3. 혼자 영화 보러 가느니 그냥 집에서 영화 볼 거예요.
honja yeonghwa boreo ganeuni geunyang jib-eseo yeonghwa bol geo-yeyo.
If I have to go to the movies alone, I would rather just watch a movie at home.
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