Using 기로서니 In Korean To Express Justification

The Korean expression A/V + 기로서니 is used to acknowledge the truth of a situation or condition in the first clause, but simultaneously points out that this does not justify the action or outcome in the second clause. It’s often paired with 아무리, emphasizing that no matter the circumstances, they do not warrant certain actions or attitudes. The phrase can be shortened to 기로 in casual speech.

Grammar Rule: Adjective/Noun + 기로서니

Demonstrating 기로서니 with examples

Let’s look at some examples to understand how 기로서니 is used:

아우리 바쁘기로서니 결혼기념일을 잊어버리면 어떻게 해요?
No matter how busy you are, how can you forget your wedding anniversary?
아무리 배가 고프기로서니 먼저 먹으면 어떻게 해요?
Regardless of how hungry you are, how can you eat before me?
아무리 피곤하기로서니 숙제를 안 하면 어떻게 해요?
No matter how tired you are, how can you not do your homework?
아무리 일이 많기로서니 잠을 못 자서 되겠어요?
Regardless of how much work you have, you can't sleep? (You really should!)
아무리 화가 나기로서니 그에게 악의를 품으면 안 돼요.
No matter how angry you are, you shouldn't hold a grudge against him.
아무리 돈이 많기로서니 다른 사람을 노예처럼 취급하면 안 돼요.
No matter how rich you are, you shouldn't treat others like slaves.


기로서니 is a nuanced Korean grammatical structure that allows you to acknowledge a condition while clearly stating that it doesn’t provide a valid excuse for certain actions.

This expression is particularly useful in arguments or discussions where justification is being contested.

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