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Lesson 25. A/V-네요 : Immediate Reaction

The video above covers both -네(요) and 대(요). However, more grammar on -대(요) will be covered in depth in Intermediate 1 course. So you may skip the 대(요) part, and just focus on -네(요) for now.


‘-네(요)’ is a Sentence ending that is used when reporting what you observe or feel right now (your immediate reaction) to something you just heard/saw/experienced.


While using this sentence ending, it is implied that the Subject of the sentence is ‘I’ i.e., the speaker itself, so words like ‘저는, 제가, 나는, 내가’ must be omitted while using 네(요).


1. Using –네(요) ending:

Subject + Object + Verb/Adjective Stem (Reported Sentence)+네요.

Ex. 비가 오네 = It’s raining. (I see that it’s raining.)

Ex. 한국어를 잘하시네요 = You’re good at Korean. (I see that you’re Korean is good.)

Ex. 지수는 키가 크네요 = Jisoo is tall. (I see that Jisoo is tall.)


2. Uses of -네요 ending:

1) To report something that you’ve experienced/felt (right now or in the nearby past)

Ex. 옆집 아저씨가 불친절하네요 = (I feel like/can see that…) My neighbour is unkind.

Ex. 날씨가 좋지 않네요 = (I feel like/can see that…)The weather is not good.

2) To express surprise over a thing that you’ve just observed or realised.

Ex. 이 옷이 비싸네요! = These clothes are expensive!

Ex. 경치가 정말 예쁘네요 = The view is really pretty.


3) When complimenting someone.

Ex. 제프는 정말 똑똑하네요 = Jeff is really smart.

Ex. 동생은 매일 책을 읽어서 보기 좋네요 = It’s good to see that my sibling reads books every day.


Irregular Verbs :
Verb stems that end in ‘ㄹ’ 받침 are exceptions. To attach -네요 ending, simply delete the ‘ㄹ’ 받침 and add 네요.

Ex. 지수가 행복하게 사네요 = Jisoo lives happily. (살다 + 네요 = 사네요)

Ex. 너 지금 커피 만드네 = You are making coffee right now. (만들다 + 네요 = 만드네요)

Ex. 저 고양이는 매일 우네요 = That cat cries every day. (울다 + 네요 = 우네요)