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:
No matter how busy you are, how can you forget your wedding anniversary?
Regardless of how hungry you are, how can you eat before me?
No matter how tired you are, how can you not do your homework?
Regardless of how much work you have, you can't sleep? (You really should!)
No matter how angry you are, you shouldn't hold a grudge against him.
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.