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"안개가 끼어 있어요."

Translation:It is misty.

September 21, 2017



끼다: to cloud over, or hang around

The fog in this sentence is hanging around, so it is misty.


Also, this is the grammar pattern (blunt form + it-da (sorry, no Keyboard on this computer))which indicates the current condition of something. So, as opposed to "It is getting foggy" this is more like "It is currently foggy". Another example would be the difference between "The door is opening / The door opens" and "The door is currently open".


LiKenum, no matter how long a cloud is present, it is still a cloud, likewise, no matter how long fog hangs around, it is still fog; mist is a form of very fine precipitation, at least in my unenlightened mind.


By definition, fog and mist both describe a suspension of water droplets in the air. The difference lies in the density hence visibility. Fog is denser than mist.

Koreans use 안개 for both. In fact, 안개 is used for fog, mist, haze, brume.

Drizzle, 가랑비 or hazy rain, 는개 seem to be words decribing the dewy rain or fine precipitation of water which you mentioned.

That said, it boils down to common usage. 'Mist' is frequently used in spoken English language to mean 'fine rain' also; that which causes confusion.


The English translation says "misty" even though the Korean word for fog is being used. Mist and fog aren't the same in English. The translation should be "it is foggy".


Why isn't it "it is foggy" ???


There is probably not a korean word for foggy


Why is this misty wheb 안개 means fog? Does it mean both?


안개 = fog

서리 =엷은 안개 [thin fog] = mist

But colloquially, 안개 is used to mean both.


To me, "it is misty" means that kind of fog that's drizzling down like lazy rain. Stuff outside will have a dewy layer and may develop droplets after a while. "It is foggy" just means you can't see past a certain distance because of "clouds" down at our level. Things aren't necessarily getting moist like if it were misty. Anyway, I'm wondering which of these the Korean phrase can refer to.


Fog & mist are different


Correct. The exact word for mist is 서리.

But in spoken Korean, you'll find that 안개 is used to describe generally a cloudy state that restricts visibility: fog; mist; brume; haze etc.

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