Contrasts In Korean With 기는 하다 (However, But, Although, etc.)
The Korean grammar structure A/V + 기는 하다 is used to describe contrasts between two statements.
The initial part of the structure acknowledges a fact or action, while the subsequent statement provides a contrasting detail. In English, this pattern could be compared to “even though” or “although”.
Grammar Rule: A/V + 기는 하다 -> 하다 often transforms into 하지만 or 한/하는데 (based on A/V)
Examples of 기는 하다 in use
I have read this novel, but I don't remember it.
I did arrive late for the meeting, but it hadn't started yet.
I am British, but I never eat fish and chips.
Gangwon-do is quite far, but I really want to visit before winter.
Korean students are always in school, but they sleep during class.
The new iPhone will indeed be expensive, but I'm going to buy it anyway.
The 기는 하다 pattern in Korean presents an effective method to convey contrasts or conflicting statements within a sentence.
Familiarizing oneself with this structure can enable learners to describe situations with more nuance and clarity, capturing the ebb and flow of real-life scenarios.