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Mixed use of the deferential and polite speech levels Koreans frequently use the deferential speech level as well as the polite speech level together even in formal conversational settings. One possible scenario is when you meet a person for the first time. The speakers may introduce themselves using the deferential speech level (using the aforementioned fixed expressions). However, once identified, they may switch to the polite speech level. The use of the polite speech level ending generates an effect of making a dialogue sound less formal, even in formal conversational contexts.

On the other hand, the ending 㠊㣪 ends the verb “eat” as well as the sentence. Sentence-final endings The typical examples of sentence-final endings are various speech-level endings. Korean has six speech levels as shown below. , social meanings such as intimacy and formality of the situation). The deferential speech level is the highest among the six, followed by the polite speech level and so on. In addition, each speech level has four endings that indicate the type of sentence: declarative (statement), interrogative (question), imperative (command/request), and propositive (suggestion): Speech level 1 Deferential G G 2 Polite 3 Blunt 4 Familiar 5 Intimate 6 Plain Declarative -㔋┞┺V ථ┞┺G -㠊㣪V-㞚㣪 -O㦒P㡺 -⍺ -㠊V-㞚 -OⓦPච┺ Interrogative -㔋┞₢V ථ┞₢ -㠊㣪V-㞚㣪 -O㦒P 㡺 -⋮V-⓪Ṗ -㠊V-㞚 -O㦒P┞/-⌦ Imperative -O㦒P㕃㔲㡺 Propositive -O㦒P㕃㔲┺ -㠊㣪V-㞚㣪 T㠊㣪V-㞚㣪 -Ợ -㠊V-㞚 -㠊⧒V-㞚⧒ -㎎ -㠊V-㞚 -㧦 Among the six speech levels, the use of (3) blunt and (4) familiar speech levels have been declining especially among young generations.

However, after Peter’s question, 㩚Ὃ becomes the topic. As a result, Susan replies with 㩚Ὃ㦖 rather than 㩚Ὃ㧊. This may sound confusing but, it should become clear with more examples. ” B: 㩲G㧊⯚㦖G㞺✲⮮㡞㣪. ” B: 㩲Gἶ䟻㦖G㍲㤎㧊㠦㣪. ” Appearing at the beginning of the sentence You can make any element of the sentence the topic by adding the topic particle to it and placing it at the beginning of the sentence, except the verb/adjective that appears at the end of the sentence. , predicates) tend to appear at the end of the sentence.

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