- LESSON 3 -
Sentence Formation

3.2 Sentence Structure

Please note the romanization here may seem a bit off to you if you have learned how to romanize from Lesson 2, but it is done for the most accurate pronounciation, therefore it includes the effects from neighbouring characters.

 

Observe this English sentence:

I listen to music
SUBJECT VERB OBJECT

Observe this Korean sentence

나는 음악을 들어요
na neun eum mak geul teul reoh yo
     
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I music listen
SUBJECT OBJECT VERB

 

While the sentence structure for English is SVO (Subject, Verb, Object), for Korean it is SOV (Subject, Object, Verb). The important information of a Korean sentence are usually near the end, where the verb is.

More Examples:

  Sentence: I look at pictures  
     
나는 사진을 봐요
na neun sa jin neul pwa yo
     
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I pictures look
SUBJECT OBJECT VERB

 

  Sentence: I write a letter  
     
나는 편지를 써요
na neun pyon ji reul sseo yo
     
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I letter write
SUBJECT OBJECT VERB