Korean: 비슷하다、같다、처럼 | Similar, like, as


Today we are going to talk about the way 'similarity' is expressed. We often compare various things: A is the same as B, A is like B, or something that looks like A... and so on. These expressions often use the words '비슷하다', '같다', and '처럼'. Let's take a look at how these words are used.

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Today we are going to talk about the way "similarity" is expressed. We often compare various things: A is the same as B, A is like B, or something that looks like A... and so on. These expressions often use the words "비슷하다", "같다", and "처럼". Let's take a look at how these words are used.

비슷하다 | similar

Verb. Means "similar".

해요합니다
비슷해요비슷합니다

Use , or 하고 to connect similar objects.

OO랑/하고 비슷하다.
나는 아빠랑 비슷하다.

I am like my dad.

Is it very simple?
If you want to say "something like... When you want to say "something like...", you need to use the grammar rule of Korean: Modifying Nouns with Verb that we introduced before.

Something like... | 비슷한 것

To describe "something like... 비슷한 것", you can use "... 비슷한 것".

Example

그는 사전 비슷한 것을 들고 있습니다.

He is holding something like a dictionary.
사전 is a dictionary, and "사전 비슷한 것" is something like a dictionary.

"것" can also be replaced with other specific nouns. For example, in the following sentence, "것" is replaced by "장난감" (toy).

문 앞에는 강아지 비슷한 장난감이 있었다.

There was a toy similar to a dog at the door.
"문 앞에" is the front door.
"강아지" is a puppy.
"장난감" is a toy.
So "강아지 비슷한 장난감" is "a toy that looks like a puppy".

같다 | the same as...

A verb. Means "the same as... the same". 99% similarity.

해요합니다
같아요같습니다

Use , or 하고 to connect to the object.

나의 취미는 친구의 취미랑 같다.

My hobby is the same as my friend's.

우리가 입는 옷은 똑같습니다.

The clothes we wear are the same.

「-것 같다」 | I think, I feel like

"것같다" can be used to mean "I think, I feel like".

그는 몸이 좋지 않아 집에 간 것 같아요.

I think he went home because he wasn't feeling well.

열쇠 가져 오는 것을 잊은 것 같습니다.

I think I forgot to bring my keys.。
열쇠 = key
가져 오다 = bring something
잊다 = to forget

처럼 | as...

Preposition. Means "as ...". Preceded by a noun.
Grammar rules,

noun + 처럼
Noun처럼English
천사천사처럼as an angle
로봇로봇처럼as a robot
아이돌아이돌처럼as an idol

Conclusion

  • 비슷하다, 같다, and 처럼 can be used to express "similarity", "same", or "like".
  • In terms of similarity, 같다 > 비슷하다. (비슷하다 is about 70% to 80% similar, while 같다 is about 90% similar)
  • "것 같다" can be used to describe "I think or feel like".

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