Korean: 지만|BUT


Today we will talk about another kind of conjunction used to link sentences, 지만. This is also a very common linking word, used in cases where there is a change in tone and a change in meaning. So when someone uses this word, pay special attention to what they say next, otherwise you will get the meaning of the message wrong.

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Today we will talk about another kind of conjunction used to link sentences, 지만. This is also a very common linking word, used in cases where there is a change in tone and a change in meaning. So when someone uses this word, pay special attention to what they say next, otherwise you will get the meaning of the message wrong.

The usage of 지만

지만" means "but, although" and is used to connect two sentences that are opposite or in opposition to each other.

Its basic usage is as follows.
1. verb/adjective stem + 지만
2. noun + 지만/이지만

verb/adjective stem + 지만

Let look some examples.

Verb

EnglishKorean-지만
buy 사다 사지만
over끝나다 끝나지만
send보내다 보내지만

Adjective

EnglishKorean-지만
good좋다좋지만
small작다 작지만
many많다 많지만

It can be used directly by adding "지만" to the end of the stem.
In addition, according to the change of tense, verbs and adjectives in the past tense are "았/었지만", while in the future tense, "겠지만" is used.

Sentences

해외 여행을하고 싶지만 코로나 19는 아직 끝나지 않았습니다.

I want to travel abroad, but the corona-19 is not over

Remember the use of ["want..."] (/tutorial/en/basic/want)?
하고 싶다 + 지만 = 하고 싶지만

노력하고 있지만 성과는 아직 없습니다.

I'm trying, but there are still no results.

Remember the use of "doing ..."?
하고 있다 + 지만 = 하고 있지만

쉽지는 않지만 확실히 성공할 것입니다.

It's not easy, but I will definitely succeed.

비가 왔지만 오늘 날씨가 좋아서 다행이에요.

It rained, but I'm glad the weather is nice today.

왔다 is a past tense.

가격이 비싸겠지만 먹고 싶어요.

The price is expensive, but I want to eat it.

名詞+지만/이지만

    If the noun ends with vowel,use "지만".  
    If the noun ends with consonant, use "이지만".  

Sentences

약국이지만 음식도 판매합니다.

It is a pharmacy, but it also sells food.

그는 어린 아이지만 그의 생각은 성숙하다.

He is a small child, but his thoughts are mature.

사이코지만 괜찮아.

It's a psycho but it's okay.

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