How To Say 'There's No Way' / 'It Can't Be' In Korean (을 리가 없다)
The grammar pattern V + 을/를 리가 없다 is used to express strong disbelief or incredulity regarding what has happened, is happening, or will happen.
The term 리 comes from the Hanja 理, which signifies ‘logic,’ ‘reason,’ or ‘possibility.’
Example sentences using 을 리가 없다
There's no way that you'll finish your homework by tomorrow!
It can't be that he doesn't know. Everybody knows.
It can't be that my wife would forget that today is our anniversary, can it?!
There's no way that athlete didn't take drugs!
It's the day of the Suneung so there's no way he'd be late for school.
This structure is particularly useful for expressing strong disbelief or impossibility about something, usually in a negative sense.
In other words, it allows you to stress that something simply cannot or could not have happened according to logic or reason.
Understanding how to use 을 리가 없다 will help you articulate disbelief or emphasize the impossibility of certain situations, thereby making your speech more nuanced and expressive.