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[Grammar] #8 -ㄹ/을 수 있다

can do / can be

-ㄹ/을 수 있다 adds the meaning of “can do” or “can be” to the verb it follows. It expresses the ability to perform an action or the possibility of a state occurring.


A: 전화를 받을 수 있어요? Can you talk on the phone?


B: 네, 말씀하세요. Yes, I can.


combines with

: Action verbs & Descriptive verbs


1. -ㄹ 수 있다

: Verb stems ending in a vowel or ㄹ


한국어를 할 수 있어요. (하 + -ㄹ 수 있다)

I can speak Korean. (ability)

김치찌개를 만들 수 있어요. (만들다 + -ㄹ 수 있다)

I can make Kimchi stew. (ability)

비가 올 수 있습니다. (오다 + -ㄹ 수 있다)

It may rain. (possibility)


2. -을 수 있다

: Verb stems ending in a consonant


김치를 먹을 수 있어요. (먹 + -을 수 있다)

I can eat Kimchi. (ability)

좀 더 걸을 수 있습니다. (걷다 + -을 수 있다)

I can walk more. (ability)

주말에 사람이 많을 수 있습니다. (많다 + -을 수 있다)

There can be many people on the weekend. (possibility)


1. Pick the correct variant.


만들다 to make


(a) -을 수 있다  (b) -ㄹ 수 있다


2. Complete the sentence.


한국어를 _ _ ___. I can speak Korean.


-ㄹ 수 있어요 / 하다 / -을 수 있어요 / 듣다


3. Unscramble the sentence.


___ ___ __ _ ____. There can be many people on the weekend.


-을 수 있습니다 / 주말에 / -ㄹ 수 있습니다 / 사람이 많다


1. (b)  2. 한국어를 할 수 있어요. 3. 주말에 사람이 많을 수 있습니다.


01:21 — “숨겨진 9와 4분의 3엔 함께여야 갈 수 있어” means “We got to be together to get to the hidden 9 and Three Quarters”

03:08 — “칠 수 있어요” means “I can play (Brahms)”


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