V+(으) 려고 [Korean Grammar] 

 November 30, 2023

By  Uruba Kashish

Let's learn how to use "V-(으)려고 [Korean grammar]and make some example sentences.

V+(으)려고 (Korean Grammar)


V-(으)려고 Korean grammar pattern is used to express the intention or the purpose of the speaker to do something.

It equals to " in order to" in English.


V-(으)려고 grammar is used with verbs. The first step of ‘V-(으)려고’ conjugation is to remove ‘다’ from the base form of the verb.

  • If the verb stem is ending with a final consonant (받침), we use 'V+(으)려고'.
  • If the verb stem is ending with any vowel( without patchim) then 'V+ 려고' is used. 

So let's take a verb 먹다(to eat). if you remove 다 from 먹다, 먹 (stem) is left. And then, look at the stem. So in the 먹, is ending with final consonant i.e. Patchim.

According to the conjugation rule, if the stem is end with Patchim, we add (으)려고.

so it becomes 으려고.

So, if you want say- "In order to eat, I am going to the restaurant." 

Then, you'll say- "밥을 먹으려고, 식당 에 가요."


  • 공부하려고 도서관에 갔어요. (I went to the library to study.)
  • 책을 사려고 시장에 가요.( I am going to market to buy a book.)
  • 한국에 가려고 한국어를  배워요. (I am learning Korean in order to go Korea).
  • 드라마를 보려고 집에 빨리 도라왔어요.(I comeback to my home quickly to watch the drama.)
  • 선물 하려고 넥타이를 샀어요. ( I bought Necktie to gift)
  • 영어를 배우려고 학원에 가요.(I am going academy in order to learn English.)
  • TOPIK 시험을 합격하려고 열심히 공부하고 있어요.(I am studying hard to pass the TOPIK exam.)

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN V-(으)러 and V-(으)려고 grammars:

V-(으)러 grammar: - This pattern is only used with verbs, such as 가다, 오다, 다니다, 나가다. 


친구를 만나러 커피숍에 가요. (I go to the cafe to meet my friend.)

V-(으)려고 grammar: - This pattern can be used with all verbs.


1. 친구를 만나러 커피숍에 가요. (I go to the cafe to meet my friend.)

2. 친구랑 이야기 하려고 친구를 만나요.( I am met my friend to talk)

Uruba Kashish

Uruba Kashish completed her schooling in Commerce, bachelor's in English literature& Education. Currently doing her Masters in Translation studies (MATS). She is working as a Educational content writer with reputed websites like LKI, Annyeong India & TOPIK Guide. She is a Korean language and culture enthusiast and has been working across multiple disciplines which broadly addresses narratives of similarities between Korean and Indian culture. Apart from being a content writer at LKI, she is a Korean language Instructor at LKI. She manages Annyeong India website as Creative Head and has had her pieces published in TOPIK GUIDE website as well. In her other life, she is a rising entrepreneur, life enthusiast and a learner and is involved with multiple Korean-Indian projects. We are a team of passionate researchers from Seoul National University specializing in Korean language and linguistics. We are committed to helping international students prepare for the TOPIK test. You can connect with us.

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