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You may heard of “맛있다” but what’s the real meaning behind?




Probably, you already know they all mean “delicious” but what’s the real literal meaning?

“있다” and its antonym “없다” are extremely common words that are impossible to learn the Korean language without them. In short, they are essential vocabs that must be encoded into your brain.

To cut the long story short, try these quizzes. Knowing examples is an indispensable step to understand new expressions.

what is 맛있다

Ans: 3Taste
what is 재미

Ans: 2Funwhat is 멋있다

Ans: 3Coolnesswhat is 있다없다 what is 있다없다 - meaning explained

If I have to match “있다/없다” with a single English word, I would choose “have/don’t have” or “有没有“ in Chinese. Of course, the meaning of “있다/없다” can go beyond “have/don’t have” . I am just equalising the pair for simplicity. The above are just a few of the tons of expressions involving “있다/없다” . They are merely the simplest ones I can find for the short quizzes.

“있다/없다” is to show one’s existence. Any existence. You can say “사과가 없어요” (There isn’t apples”) or shout “증거 있어!?” ( You got evidence!?) when you are fighting with someone who accuses you of wrongdoing. Or you can even reply “그냥 있어…” (Ya… I’m just here.) when someone asks how you have been, just to show that you are alive on earth still breathing.

GIF: There was, nope there wasn’t. 
The GIF is just for fun. If you don’t understand, it’s okay! Don’t have to be bothered with the special ending “~데요” if you are not an advanced learner.

When you learn Korean, you will encounter “있다/없다” frequently. Just reading a post may not make you understand 100% but you will eventually get a grasp of the whole meaning when you do enough reading.


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