Verb+는 것 같다 [Korean Grammar] 

 March 1, 2024

By  Uruba Kashish

Let's learn how to use "V+는 것 같다 [Korean grammar]and make some example sentences.

V+는 것 같다 (Korean Grammar)


V+는 것 같다 Korean grammar pattern is used to express the speaker's guess or prediction. 

It is equal to "It seems, "I think" in English.


V+는 것 같다 grammar is used with verbs. The first step of ‘V+는 것 같다’ conjugation is to remove ‘다’ from the base form of the verb.

 Take the stem of the verb and directly add V+는 것 같다 to that.

So let's take a verb 먹다(to eat). If you remove 다 from 먹다, 먹 (stem) is left. And then, Directly add 는 것 같다 to it.

so it becomes 먹는 것 같다.


  • 민수 씨가 가는 것 같아요.
    (It seems like minsu is going home.)
  • 미나는 김밥을 먹는 것 같아요.
    (It looks like mina is eating Kimbap.)
  • 비가 오는 것 같아요.
    (It looks like its raining)
  • 앤디 씨가 숙제 하는 것 같아요.
    (It looks like andy is doing homework.)
  • 리나 씨가 커피를 마시는 것 같아요.
    (It looks like Rina is drinking Coffee.)
  • 어머니가 지금 자는 것 같아요.
    (It looks like mother is sleeping.)

"V+는 것 같다" can be used in the present, past and the future:

Let's take a common example to understand it better.

" 책을 읽다- To read a book" 

Now let's make the same sentence in present, past and future tenses.

  • 책을 읽는 것 같아요. (It seems like he is reading a book.)
-ㄴ/은 것 같다 or 았/었을 것 같다- PAST TENSE:
  • 책을 읽은 것 같아요. (It seems like he was reading a book.)
-ㄹ/을 것 같다- FUTURE TENSE:
  • 책을 읽을 것 같아요. (It seems like he will read a book.)

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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