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하루 vs 일 vs 날 | How to say "day" in Korean

안녕하세요 여러분! I'm Koreanstudyjunkie and today we'll learn the difference between these 3 words: 하루, 일, 날.


하루 is 24 hours/a day.

It’s used to talk about the duration of one day only. If you wanted to say 2, 3, 4, etc. days as in 48, 72, 96, etc. hours, you would say 이틀, 사흘, 나흘, etc. This uses pure/native Korean numbers.

Example sentences:

오늘 하루 어땠어요? - how was today?

We can't say 두 하루, 세 하루... It would be like saying two one day, three one day. Instead, there are different words that must be use$ it goes like: 하루, 이틀, 사흘, 나흘, 닷세, 엿세, 이레, 여드레, 나흐레, 열흘, 열하루, etc.

I have a quizlet here with these numbers

일 as a word is a quantifier so we use it to say what day of the month it is. It's never used alone, if we want to say "day". This uses sino Korean numbers.

Example sentences:

십오일 = 15 days or 15th day of a month

날 is a noun that you'd use to describe a day or a specific/special kind of day. This uses pure/native Korean numbers.

Example sentences:

생일날 - birthday

추운 날 - cold day

쉬는날 - day off; rest day

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