Adverbs of Past Time in Korean

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There are many adverbs to indicate past tense in Korean.
방금 = just now
아까 = a few hours ago
며칠 전에 = a few days ago
몇 달 전에 = a few months ago
몇 년 전에 = a few years ago
예전에 = a long time ago
오래전에 = a long time ago
1. 방금 vs 아까
How to distinguish 방금 from 아까 could be ambiguous sometimes. In general, ‘방금’ means ‘just now’; ‘아까’ means a few hours ago.
2. 예전에 vs 오래전에
‘예전에’ is more commonly used when you want to describe what you did in the past but feel lazy to remember exactly when you did it.
‘오래 전에’ means the same, but it sounds either nostalgic or private. Let’s say your friends ask you, ‘When did you break up with girlfriend?” If you answer “오래 전에”, it sounds like you just want to keep it private and don’t want to share it with your friends.

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