Unit 2: Stage 7 Two First-person Pronouns in Korean

 

  1. chǒ / che
    "I" in polite or formal speech
  2. che-ga
    "I" as a subject (in this stage) Paul

che (without –ga) - my


che & che-ga

che as a possessive particle (e.g., che ko-hyang = “my hometown”) should not be confused with che-ga –the speaker’s self as the sentence subject (e.g., che-ga kal-kke-yo = “It is I who will go.”).

Here are some examples of correct (O) and incorrect (X) usage:

che + -ga + a nominal = (X)
e.g.) che + -ga + i-rǔm = che-ga- i-rǔ-m (X)

che + a nominal = (O)
e.g.) che + i-rǔm (a name) = che i-rǔm (O)

che + -ga  → che + -ga (O)
che + -nǔn → che-nǔn (X)
 
chǒ + -nǔn → chǒ-nǔn (O)
chǒ + -ga → chǒ-ga (X)
 

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