August 26, 2009 by tailieutienghan
만 (man) is a particle that expresses the meaning of “just” or “only.” We can attach 만 (man) to all nouns and some particles, but not verbs. So if you want to describe something and add the meaning of “only” to the sentence, you add 만 (man) to a noun, whether it's the subject or object of the sentence. While in English “only” or “just” are separate words, in Korean we attach this function to the noun as a particle.
Noun + 만 (man)
1. 영화 (yeonghwa) “movie”
영화 + 만 = 영화만 (yeonghwa-man) “only movies”
일요일에는 영화만 봐요.
ilyoil-eneun yeonghwa-man bwayo.
“I only watch movies on Sundays.”
Verb Stem + -기 (gi) + 만 (man) + 하다 (hada)
1. 놀다 (nolda) “to play”
자기 (nolda) + 만 = 놀기만 (nolgiman)
이 학생은 놀기만 해요.
i haksaeng-eun nolgiman haeyo.
“This student only plays.”
1. 5분만 주세요.
“Please just give me five minutes.”
2. 저는 일요일만 쉬어요.
jeo-neun ilyoil-man swieoyo.
“I only take Sundays off.”
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