-는 동안 while
August 26, 2009 by tailieutienghan
-는 동안 (-neun dongan) is a conjunction that expresses the meaning of “while + action.” 동안(dongan) is a rough equivalent to the English word “during” or “for,” as in “during” a certain period, or “for” a certain length of time. -는 동안 (neun dongan) is a way to combine the meaning of “during” and a verb. Therefore, -는 동안 (-neun dongan) means, “while + action.”
Verb Stem + 는 동안
- 자다 (jada) “to sleep”
자 (ja) – verb stem
자 + 는 동안 = 자는 동안 (janeun dongan)
자는 동안 비가 왔어요.
Janeun dongan bi-ga wasseoyo.
“It rained while I was sleeping.”
- 있다 (itda) “to be”
있 (it) – verb stem
있 + 는 동안 = 있는 동안 (itneun dongan)
밖에 있는 동안 전화가 왔어요.
bakk-e itneun dongan jeonhwa-ga wasseoyo.
“I got a phone call while I was outside.”
- 제가 일하는 동안 뭐 했어요?
je-ga ilhaneun dongan mwo haesseoyo?
“What did you do while I was working?”
- 여기 있는 동안, 재미있었어요?
yeogi itneun dongan, jaemiisseosseoyo?
“While you were staying here, did you have fun?”
- 밥 먹는 동안 책 보지 마세요.
bap meokneun dongan chaek boji maseyo.
“Don't read a book while you're eating.”
- 운전하는 동안 전화 통화 하지 마세요.
unjeonhaneun dongan jeonhwa tonghwa haji maseyo.
“Don't make phone calls while you're driving.”
- 빨래가 되는 동안, TV를 봤어요.
ppallae-ga doeneun dongan, tibi-reul bwasseoyo
“While laundry was being done, I watched TV.”
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