못 Can’t, Won’t, Not Possible
August 26, 2009 by tailieutienghan
못 (mot) is an adverb which expresses impossibility, inability, strong denial, or strong refusal. This adverb is used mostly with action verbs. This adverb can be translated as “can't,” “won't,” “not (possible),” “unable to.”
못 (mot), an adverb, immediately precedes verbs.
[못 + Verb]
놀다 (nolda) – to play
못 놀다 (mot nolda) – to not be able to play
With [noun] + [하다 (hada)] verbs, 못 (mot) is placed between the [noun] and [하다 (hada)].
[Noun + 하다] verb
공부하다 (gongbuhada) – to study
공부 못 하다 (gongbu mot hada) – to not be able to study
With other 하다 (hada) verbs, which are not [noun] + [하다 (hada)] verbs, 못 (mot) immediately precedes the whole verbs.
Other 하다 verbs: 싫어하다
못 싫어하다: to not be able to dislike
1.많이 먹었어요. 케이크를 못 먹어요.
(manhi meogeosseoyo. keikeu-reul mot meogeoyo.)
I ate a lot. I can't eat cake.
2.시끄러워! 나 공부 못 해!
(sikkeureowo! na gongbu mot hae!)
It's too loud! I can't study!
3.지혜 씨를 못 만났어요.
(Jihye ssi-reul mot mannasseoyo.)
I wasn't able to meet Jihye.
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