Unit 4: Stage 6 Irregular Conjugations: Vowel Contractions

Illustration 6: Vowel Contraction in 갔어요

Dictionary Form:
가다

+ ~았어요
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가았어요

Vowel Contraction
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Polite form (PAST):
갔어요
 

Table 3: Examples of vowel contraction in the ~었어요/았어요 Ending

Dictionary
Form
meaning
+ ~어요/아요
(Present polite)
+ ~었어요/았어요
(Past polite)
 
가다
to go
가요
갔어요 (arrow pointing left + ~ 어요)

 
지내다
to spend
(time)
지내요
지냈어요 (arrow pointing left + ~ 어요)

 
싸다
to be cheap
싸요
쌌어요 (arrow pointing left + ~ 어요)

 
비싸다
to be
expensive
비싸요
비쌌어요 (arrow pointing left + ~ 어요)

 
자요
to sleep
자요
잤어요 (arrow pointing left + ~ 어요)

 
크다
to be
tall or big
커요
컸어요 (arrow pointing left + ~ 어요)

 
예쁘다
to be pretty
예뻐요
예뻤어요 (arrow pointing left + ~ 어요)

 

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