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"남자가 돌려줍니다."

Translation:The man returns it.

September 20, 2017



돌려주다 requires an object. 돌아가다 does not.


So this sentence has an implied object? First time I've seen that ....


Really? Korean has implied objects and subjects all the time.


To clarify, 'return' has too many meanings, especially when translating to Korean, where both subject nouns and object nouns may be omitted... 돌려주다 - to give (something) back 돌아(가/오)다 - to (go/come) back


Are "to turn" and "to return" the same word "돌리다"? Thats so confusing.


I feel stupid; I put "return the man."


Ha ha. Sorry, all sales are final. Mistakes happen.


Ha ha. Too bad, what a waste of $23.67.


Don't be I did the same I guess it wasn't our fault.. Duolingo didn't put "it"


"the man returns" doesn't work here?


That's a different "returns." 돌려주다 is for giving back some item. 돌아가다 is for returning from a place.


To add to that, the man is not returning in the reflexive sense of the verb. He is returning something unspecified (an object) in this sentence.


I was not given the option to put "The man returns it." (This is the little word block exercise) The answer was still accepted, but it didn't say that there was another translation. I don't know if it's a glitch or something, but I still understand that this sentence means that "The man returns (unspecified object)."


I flagged it. The tip should say "returns it". It would be nice to see the dictionary form of the verbs and their meaning.

I looked it up in the notes too...


First up is ~주다. 주다 (to give) attaches directly to the Casual form of the verb, sometimes called the 아/어 form in grammar books.

Taking it's meaning from "to give", V아/어주다 implies that the action is being done for the benefit of someone else. Sometimes this aspect of generosity is translated into English, but more often than not it isn't.

우리는 남자에게 읽어줍니다=We read to the man.

먹어주세요=Eat it (for me).


Why not a man? The sentence has no article to define the word man.

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