Time-Based Contrasts In Korean Using 전만 해도
The expression 전만 해도, when used after mentioning a specific time, conveys a change in a situation from the past to the present, often indicating a contrast or an opposite condition. It’s a useful pattern for discussing how things have evolved or changed over time.
Grammar Rule: Time + 전만 해도
전만 해도 in context
Here are some sentences illustrating the use of 전만 해도:
Two years ago I didn't know any Korean but now my Korean friends say I speak it well.
Five years ago this place used to be countryside, but these days there are many buildings here.
My bag was here just now (but it's gone. Where is it?)
10 years ago people thought these clothes were the most fashionable (but now they don't).
A month ago the new students were very interested in learning English but now they don't care.
Understanding and using 전만 해도 enables Korean language learners to effectively communicate changes and contrasts over time.
It’s a simple yet powerful structure to reflect on how situations or perceptions have evolved.