Korean Lesson 75, “She had him do it”

I learned this when I was teaching the higher level English classes at Korea Christian University. I never realized that there had to be a special conjugation for it because I can translate it easy into the European languages I speak, but in Korean, there is. At first, I wasn’t quite sure how to teach it to my class, and when that happened, I usually searched my Korean books to find an equivalent in Korean, but it wasn’t in my books. After that, I went to my daughter who has the highest level of Korean a foreigner can have, but she wasn’t sure what it was in Korean either. After that, my Korean son in law volunteered to help me. He gave me the Korean conjugation to say in situations like this. As I have told you before, there are always lots of things communicated in Korean that are conjugations rather than built with words like we do in English. I used what he taught me, and it taught my Korean English students how to understand this expression so they could use it when they spoke English.

Here is the key: 하도럭시기다 (hahdohreoksheekeedah)

Here are examples of how it is used:

She makes her clean the house. = 그녀가 그녀는 집을 청소 하도럭시기다. (kunyeo gah kunyeo nun jeeb ul cheonso hadohreok sheekeedah)

Vocabulary and Grammar: 그녀 (kunyeo) = the feminine pronoun, with 가(gah) or 는 (nun) after it, it is the subject// 집 (jeeb) = house/ 청소 하다 (cheongsoh hahdah) = to clean// Just replace the 다 (dah) at the end of 청소 하다, and replace it with 도럭시기다 (dohreoksheekeedah).


The teacher had him sing a song. = 선생님이 그는 노래를 노래 하도럭시겼다. (seonsengneem ee ku nun nohreh lul nohreh hadohreokshikeedah.)

Vocabulary and Grammar: 선생님 (seonsengneem) = teacher// 노래 (nohreh)= song// 노래 하다 (nohreh hahdah) = sing, sings/ Take the 다 (dah) off the end of the 하다 (hahdah) part and add 도럭시기다 (dohreoksheekeedah), and it means that the subject made the second subject do something, and you have “has him sing.”//To make it past tense, just change the 기 at the end to 겼 (ghyeott).


I will make you do that. = 내가 너는 그것을 하도럭시기 갈거싰다 (neh gah neo nun kujeos ul hadohreoksheekeekahlgeosheedah)

Vocabulary and Grammar: 내가 (neh gah) = I// 너는 (neo nun) = you, and they are talking down to the person// 그것 (kugeot) = that// 하다 (hahdah) = do, does// Take the 다 off of 하다 and add 도럭시기다, and then, change the 다 to 갈거싰다 (galgeoshittdah) to make it future.


This isn’t an easy conjugation, and it is on a pretty high level. After all, when all the university students took the test to see which level they should be studying on, this was taught on the highest level. I am out of time for now, but hopefully, this will help some people.

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