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[Grammar] #7 -고 싶다

want to do

When added to a main action verb, -고 싶다 creates the meaning of wanting to do that verb. This pattern is only used when referring to the speaker or listener.


A: 한국에 오면 뭐를 먹고 싶어요?

What do you want to eat when you come to Korea?


B: 치킨을 먹고 싶어요.

I want to eat fried chicken.


combines with

: Action verbs


-고 싶다

: want to (wish or desire)


의자에 앉고 싶어요. (앉다 + -고 싶다)

I want to sit on a chair.

한국어를 잘 하고 싶어요. (잘 하다 + -고 싶다)

I want to speak Korean well.

한국의 시골에 가 보고 싶어요. (가 보다 + -고 싶다)

I want to visit the Korean countryside.

그 책을 빌리고 싶었어요. (빌리다 + -고 싶다)


I wanted to borrow the book.



1. Pick the correct variant.


집에 가다 to go home


(a) -기 싶어요  (b) -는 싶어요  (c) -고 싶어요


2. Complete the sentence.


의자에 _____. I want to sit on a chair.


-기 싫어요 / 앉다 / 걷다 / -고 싶어요


3. Unscramble the sentence.


__ ___ ____. I wanted to borrow a book.


사다 / -고 싶었어요 / 빌리다 / 책을


1. (c)  2. 의자에 앉고 싶어요. 3. 책을 빌리고 싶었어요.


03:14 — “나만 듣고 싶은 그녀는 나의 멜로디” means “She is my melody that only I want to hear”

01:10 — “나의 분신을 찾고 싶어” means “I want to find my alter ego”


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