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다(가) 보면 Lesson | “If you Keep V-ing..”


안녕하세요 여러분. Koreanstudyjunkie입니다! Today, I'm gonna be explaining the meaning behind 다가 보면 and how to use it properly.




V-다(가) 보면 = If you keep V-ing


Meaning: If you keep V-ing, then (something might happen) ; If you do something for awhile, the next action will occur.


This is the main meaning, but keep in mind that you may not always see it translated this way, sometimes it will be a lot less obvious. It could be said as “after doing or V-ing…”



BREAKDOWN:

~다가 - to indicate that one does an action and then stops

보면 – if one looks/reflects on it


Combining these 2, the speaker can indicate that if the first clause happens for a while

— either continuously or repeatedly oversome time period- the second clause is likely or will be sure to occur.


 

USAGE:

-다가 보면 is usually shortened to -다 보면. The full version often appears as 다가 보면 when written. This grammar indicates that if you keep doing something, then an outcome (either positive, negative, or neutral) is likely to happen.


Usually the very last verb is conjugated into the present or future tense or using a grammar that indicates uncertainty, like (으)ㄹ 수도 있다 (may). You might

also see 게 되다 (end up doing).



RULE TO REMEMBER:

Future tense and past tense can't come before -다가 보면, and past tense can't come after -다가 보면.


 

EXAMPLE SENTENCES:


한국 친구들과 많이 이야기하다 보면 한국 사람처럼 말할 수 있어요.

If you talk a lot with Korean friends, you can talk like a Korean.


이 길을 계속 따라가다 보면 우리은행을 볼 수 있을 거예요.

If you keep going along this road, you’ll see the Woori bank.


자주 음식을 만들다 보면 요리를 잘 할 거예요.

If you cook often, you will be good at cooking.


여기에 아이들이 놀다 보면 유리창을 깰 수도 있지요.

If the children keep playing around here, the glass window are about to be broken.


계속 연습하다가 보면 괜찮아질 거예요.

= If you keep practicing, it will be fine.


DIALOGUE:

A: 실례합니다. 여기서 가장 가까운 지하철역이 어디예요? = Excuse me.

Where’s the nearest subway station?

B: 시청 역이에요. = It’s City Hall station.

A: 시청역까지 어떻게 가요? = How do I get there?

B: 이쪽으로 계속 걸어가다 보면 나와요. = If you keep walking this way, you’ll see it.


새로운 단어를 계속 외우다 보면 점점 헷갈려요

= If I keep memorizing new words, I gradually get confused.


바쁘게 살다 보면 가끔 중요한 일을 잊어버려요

= If you (continue to) live a busy life, sometimes you will forget important things/tasks/jobs.



 

That's it for this lesson! I hope it helped you out a bit. You can look below for related lessons or check HERE for more lessons on different concepts.





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