-는 김에 while you’re at it
August 26, 2009 by tailieutienghan
The word 김 (gim) can mean a lot of things in Korean. The most popular meaning is of course the name of the seaweed, laver, which is used in making 김밥 (gimbap). 김 can also mean 'steam' or 'occasion', and the meaning of 'occasion' is the one that's used in this grammatical structure. -는 김에 (-neun gim-e) expresses doing one or more things based on the fact that the other action is happening. So it can be translated as 'while you're at it', 'while it happens to be in that state', or 'since it is being done already'.
[ Present Tense ]
▶ Verb stem + -는 김에
가(다) + 는 김에 = 가는 김에
= since you are going there
먹(다) + 는 김에 = 먹는 김에
= while I eat
Verb stems ending in ㄹ drops the ㄹ, and are followed by -는 김에
팔(다) + 는 김에 = 파는 김에
= while you are selling it
[ Past Tense ]
▶ Verb stem + -ㄴ/은 김에
가(다) + ㄴ 김에 = 간 김에
= you went there, so while you are there
먹(다) + 은 김에 = 먹은 김에
= since you've already eaten it
1. 서울에 가는 김에 현우도 만나려고.
– I'm planning to meet Hyunwoo too in Seoul while I'm there.
2. 우리 집에 온 김에 나 영어 좀 가르쳐 줘.
– While you're here in my house, please teach me some English.
3. 백화점에 가는 김에 옷도 사고 싶어.
– Since I'm on my way to the departmnt store anyway, I also want to buy some clothes while I'm there.
4. 온 김에 차라도 한 잔 하고 가세요.
-While you're here, have a cup of tea at least.
5. 빨래 하는 김에 내 것까지 해 주면 안돼?
– While you are doing your laundry, how about doing mine for me as well?
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