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Lesson 20. 마다, 씩 (every/each)

1. Noun 마다 : every/each noun
*note: It doesn’t mean “every” as in “all,” but as in “each.” 

It is used when something happens or is the case for every noun without exceptions.


월요일마다: every Monday

4월마다 : every April

교실마다 : every class

사람마다 : every person

날마다: every day (=매일)

계절마다 : every season

여름마다 : every summer

언어마다 : every language 


저는 월요일마다 샐러드를 먹어요. I eat salad every Monday.

한국에서는 4월마다 벚꽃 축제가 열려요. In Korea, they have cherry blossom festival every April.

교실마다 컴퓨터가 한 대  있어요. Every classroom has one computer each.

사람마다 성격이 달라요. Each person has a different personality.  

저는 날마다 독서를 해요. I read books every day. (독서하다: to read a book)

계절마다 날씨가 바뀌어요.  The weather changes every season.

저는 여름마다 바다에 가요. I go to the beach every summer. (바다: ocean, sea, beach)

언어마다 인사가 달라요. Each language has a different greeting. 

운전할 때마다* 안전벨트를 꼭 매세요. Please fasten your seat belt whenever you’re driving. 


*Verb+ㄹ/을 때 : When verb-ing (we will learn more about this construction in Lesson in Beginner 2 Course)
운전하다 + ㄹ때 = 운전할 때 : When driving
운전할 때 마다 : Every time you drive, Whenever you drive


2. Time Interval + 마다 : every/each [time interval] 

It is used when something happens regularly at specified intervals. 


지수는 배가 아픈 가봐요. 1시간마다 화장실에 가요. Jisoo must be having a stomachache. She’s going to the bathroom every hour.

5분마다 알람이 울렸어요. The alarm rang every five minutes.

저희 학교에서는 한 달 마다 시험을 봐요. In our school, we take the test every month.

한국에서는 운전 면허증을 10년마다 갱신해야 돼요. In Korea, you have to renew your driver’s license every 10 years.


3. 씩 : each

씩 is also a particle that translates to “each” or “every,” but it does not have the exact equivalent in English. 

The difference between 씩 and 마다 is that 씩 cannot be used after any nouns directly. It is always attached after the amount/length/number of things, people or animals (i.e. Counters) to indicate frequency or allocated amount/time. Also, unlike 마다, it doesn’t indicate the intervals at which something happens. It more indicates the duration of what happens.


교실마다 컴퓨터가 한 대 있어요. Every classroom has one computer each. – (allocated amount)


저는 한국어 공부를 날마다 두 시간 해요. Every dayI study Korean for two hours each. – (allocated time / duration)

=저는 한국어 공부를 하루에 두 시간 해요. I study Korean two hours a day.


학생마다 교과서를 세 권 나눠줬어요. I gave out three textbooks for each student. – (allocated amount)
=학생들에게 교과서를 세 권 나눠줬어요. 
학생에게마다 (X) – 마다 cannot be not used with other particles 

저는 1년마다 두 번 치과에 가요. I visit the dentist twice every year.- (frequency)
=저는 1년에 두 번 치과에 가요. I visit the dentist two times a year.

두 명 짝을 지으세요. Make a pair of two (for each group.) – (allotted people)

한 명만 도와드릴 수 있어요. I can only help one person (each time.) – (allotted people)

매일 최소한 15 분 운동해야 돼요. You have to exercise for at least 15 minutes every day. – (allotted time/duration)