-라니 Reported Speech
August 26, 2009 by tailieutienghan
This construction adds onto the end of reported phrases and is often used to reiterate a statement out of astonishment, bewilderment, surprise, or disbelief. It is used to report the listener's speech back to them, and is presented as a form of a question. This reported speech cannot be used to quote someone outside of the conversation. Because of the nuance this construction contains, this construction can be translated as “What do you mean (quote)?”
This construction is only used with close friends, and should not be used with those who are not on unfamiliar terms. This phrase can be somewhat confrontational, and therefore, cannot be used with people who are not on casual speaking terms.
1. '그런데'라니? ('geureondea'rani?)
What do you mean”but”?
2. '가기 싫다'니, 무슨 말이야? ('gagi silhtani'ni, museun maliya?)
What do you mean 'you don't want to go'?
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