Korean: Have done... | ㄴ/은 적이 있다


In this article, we will introduce how 'ㄴ/은 적이 있다' is used to express past experiences in Korean. It can be used to describe your past experiences or to ask someone if they have had an experience, and is often used in everyday conversations.

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In this article, we will introduce how "ㄴ/은 적이 있다" is used to express past experiences in Korean. It can be used to describe your past experiences or to ask someone if they have had an experience, and is often used in everyday conversations.

Meaning of ㄴ/은 적이 있다

Indicates "have done... and "had... experience".

Grammar

V + ㄴ/은 적이 있다
When the verb stem ends in a vowel, ㄴ is used.
When the verb stem ends in a consonant, 은 is basically used, but note the variants of ㄹ, ㄷ and ㅂ.

Examples

Verb적이 있다
가다 간 적이 있다
보다 본 적이 있다
읽다 읽은 적이 있다
찾다 찾은 적이 있다
알다 안 적이 있다
듣다 들은 적이 있다
굽다 구운 적이 있다

Sentences

이 요리를 먹어 본 적이 있다.

I have tried this dish before.

한국에서 산 적이 있어요?

Have you ever lived in Korea?

이 노래를들은 적이있어요.

I've heard this song before.

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