Adverbs of Past Time in Korean

Past is not just past…. Reflecting on your own past and sharing your past with someone are all important! That’s why! Today, I want to introduce youย adverbs to indicate past tense in Korean. ๐Ÿ™‚
๋ฐฉ๊ธˆ = just now
์•„๊นŒ = a few hours ago
๋ฉฐ์น  ์ „์— = a few days ago
๋ช‡ ๋‹ฌ ์ „์— = a few months ago
๋ช‡ ๋…„ ์ „์— = a few years ago
์˜ˆ์ „์— = a long time ago
์˜ค๋ž˜์ „์— = a long time ago
1. ๋ฐฉ๊ธˆ vs ์•„๊นŒ
How to distinguish ๋ฐฉ๊ธˆ from ์•„๊นŒ could be ambiguous sometimes. In general, ‘๋ฐฉ๊ธˆ’ means ‘just now’; ‘์•„๊นŒ’ means a few hours ago.
2. ์˜ˆ์ „์— vs ์˜ค๋ž˜์ „์—
‘์˜ˆ์ „์—’ 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.
‘์˜ค๋ž˜ ์ „์—’ 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 “์˜ค๋ž˜ ์ „์—”, it sounds like you just want to keep it private and don’t want to share it with your friends.

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