Grammar Lesson 4 Korean

겠 (intention,assumption)

Now let’s learn about a very common yet very complex particle, 겠. This particle can express intention to do something, or an assumption about something. Unlike other pieces of grammar we have learned, 겠 goes in the middle of verbs rather than at the end.

V + 겠

1. The most common usage of 겠 is to express your opinion, idea, or assumption about something. 겠어요 is the typical ending, but since 겠 can go in the middle of a verb conjugation, we can actually add other Korean endings at the end that you have learned, such as 네요, or .

저도 들어가겠네요. – I think I can get in too.

혼자 사는게 외롭겠죠. – Living alone must be lonely.

V + 겠습니다
V + 시겠습니까?

2. 겠 is often used in formal expressions. In the deferential form, 겠 can be used to express intention, or a request.

어디로 가시겠습니까? – Where you would you like to go?

3. 겠 is often used in set expressions or phrases.

힘들어 죽겠어요. – It’s been rough for me.

잘 먹겠습니다. – Let’s eat well.

잘 모르겠어요. – I don’t know.

알겠습니다. – I got it. I understand.