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Korean Expressions : Interrogation / Rebuttal 숨기지 말고 말해 / 지금 나를 의심하는 거야?

Korean Expressions : Interrogation / Rebuttal

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나한테 숨기는 것 있어? / 미쳤어(요)?
jŏng-shin-cha-ryŏ! / i-je gŭ-man-hae!
Sanp out of it! / Wake up! / Stop already.

Grammar Breakdown
나/저 = “me” (casual)/(formal/polite)
한테 = “to”
숨기다 = “to hide”
~은/는 것 = “a thing that ~”
있어? “is there?” “do you have?”
미치다 = “to go crazy”
미쳤다 = “is crazy”
~었/았어? = “are you?” / “did you?”

Formal : 저한테 숨기는 것 있습니까?
Polite : 저한테 숨기는 것 있어요?
Casual : 나한테 숨기는 것 있어?

Formal 미쳤습니까?
Polite: 미쳤어요?
Casual: 미쳤어?

All right, you’re suspecting your boyfriend/girlfriend is hiding something from you, so let’s learn how to interrogate and defend yourself.

나 is “me”, 한테 is “to”, so we got “to me”,

숨기다 is “to hide”, and verb stem + ~은/는 것 = “a thing that ~”, so 숨기는 것 = “the thing that (one’s) hiding”

있어? is casual form of asking “is there?” or “do you have?”

Put together, 나한테 숨기는 것 있어? “Is there a thing that you’re hiding to me?” = “Do you have something that you’re hiding from me?” <- Note that 한테 is “to”, but is translated as “from”.

So “You’re hiding to me” = “You’re hiding from me”.

미치다 means “to go crazy”, and 미쳤다 means “is crazy”.

verb stem + ~었/았어? means “are you?” / “did you?”.

Put together,

미쳤 + 어요? = 미쳤어요? means “Are you crazy?”

This is how you defend yourself from an abrupt interrogation. Well, at least you can buy some time.

숨기지 말고 말해. / 좋은 말로 할 때 말해.
sum-gi-ji mal-go mal-hae. / jo-ŭn-mal-lo hal ttae mal-hae.
Tell me without hiding. / Tell me when I’m saying nicely.

Grammar Breakdown
숨기다 = “to hide”
~지 말고 = “without doing ~”
말하다 = “to tell” / “to say”
좋은 = “good” / “nice”
~로 = “by” / “in” / “as”
~(ㄹ)을 때 = “when ~ (verb)”

Formal : 숨기지 말고 말하십시오.
Polite : 숨기지 말고 말해요.
Casual : 숨기지 말고 말해.

Formal : 좋은말로 할 때 말하십시오.
Polite : 좋은말로 할 때 말하세요.
Casual : 좋은말로 할 때 말해.

In case of a failed interrogation, here’s another way to put even more pressure on the interrogate.

Let’s learn the expression 숨기지 말고. Previously we learned 숨기다 “to hide”.

When combined with verb stem + ~지 말고, it becomes “without doing ~ “.

숨기다 -> 숨기 + 지 말고 -> 숨기지 말고 = “without hiding”.

먹다 “to eat” -> 먹 +지 말고 -> 먹지 말고 = “without eating”.

보다 “to see/watch” -> 보 + 지 말고 -> 보지 말고 = “without seeing/watching”.

말해, we learned that it’s the commanding form of 말하다 “tell” / “say”.

Put together,

숨기지 말고 말해. “Tell (me) without hiding.”

먹지 말고 자. “Sleep without eating.”

앉지 말고 가. “Go without sitting.”

Now, let’s break down 좋은 말로 할 때 말해.

좋은 means “good” / “nice”, 말 means “saying” / “talk” and ~로 is an adverb describing either method/way.

Put together, 좋은 말로 = “In a nice saying”. Yes it doesn’t mean much but hold that thought for now. ~(ㄹ)을 때 means “when ~ (verb)”, so 하다 “to do” becomes 할 때, to mean “when do”. 말해 is the commanding form, “say” / “talk”.

좋은 말로 할 때 말해. “Tell (me) when I do in a nice saying” = “Tell (me) when I tell you nicely.”

지금 나를 의심하는 거야? / 기분 나쁘다.
ji-gŭm na-rŭl ŭi-shim-ha-nŭn-gŏ-ya? / gi-bun na-ppŭ-da.
Are you doubting me now? / I’m pissed.

Grammar Breakdown
지금 = “now”
나/저 = “me” (casual)/(formal/polite)
의심 = “doubt”
의심하다 = “to doubt”
~는 거야? = “is it that you are…?”
기분 = “mood” / “feeling”
나쁘다 = “is bad”

Formal : 지금 저를 의심하는 겁니까?
Polite : 지금 저를 의심하는 거예요?
Casual : 지금 나를 의심하는 거야?

Formal 기분 나쁩니다.
Polite: 기분 나빠요.
Casual: 기분 나빠.

Okay, you can counter your interrogator with a strong statement. But for this, it’s essential that you learn the “~(으)는 거야 expression.

Basically, ~(으)ㄴ/는 거야 comes from ~(으)ㄴ/는 것이에요, which literally means “the thing of (verb) ~ ing.” This is a way to clarify the action/state of being that you’re referring to.

Literally it’s “It is the thing that…”, but can be translated something like

“So you’re saying that … is … ?”

“Am I correct that… is …?”

Hence, 의심하다 -> 의심하는 거야? = “So you’re saying that you are doubting me?”

지금 나를 의심하는 거야? Where 지금 “now”, 나 “me” 를 = object marker, 의심하다 “to doubt”, combined together, “Now, are you saying that you’re doubting me?”

나를 바보로 아는 거야? Where 바보 means “fool”, and ~로 “as”

= “So you think of me as a fool?” = “So you think I’m a fool?”

Moving on to 기분 나쁘다, where 기분 is “mood”, and 나쁘다 is “is bad”.

Put together, it means “my mood is bad” = “you hurt my feelings”. = “That’s very rude.”

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