https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotCiro

What's the difference between 저 and 제가?

September 10, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Druckles

Here. Just found this out myself:

저 (meaning "I") becomes 제 before the subject particle 가.

From the as-of-yet WIP notes: https://pastebin.com/uafCbi6Y

September 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Demonym281

Not sure why all the downvotes for comments herein. People's advice is vague because particles in Korean are unbelievably hard to get right, let alone explain.

I don't fully understand the issue myself Ciro, but from experience it seems like 저는 or 제가 would both make "I" the main, active agent in a sentence. The difference of 은/는 and 이/가 is the most difficult aspect here, but I believe 는 does extra work to either single out the noun as some very important detail, or introduce it for the first time in a conversation.

In practice you shouldn't worry too much about getting these wrong as a learner IMO, Koreans appreciate what a difficult part of their language this is.

September 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Demonym281

Just as an aside, a third version 저를 would have you as the object of the sentence, the thing being acted upon.

September 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andro0

E: NVM.. I missread :)

September 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotCiro

Thank you! :)

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/toggitang22

It depends on how you use it

September 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotCiro

Could you give me a few examples?

September 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roberto727

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCxLNRLntc0 저는 and 제가 both mean "I". When to use a "topic" particle as opposed to a "subjet" particle can be confusing. I think it takes most of us a while to truly gain an understanding of the different nuances, but this video gives a pretty thorough explanation.

September 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/roberto727

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg-VZxBIZjo Demo, I have one for you, too. This might help with those double consonants you are struggling with.

September 12, 2017
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