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"What does he go to school for?"

Translation:그는 무엇을 하러 학교에 갑니까?

September 30, 2017



I had a ton of trouble with this sentence. Can someone break down the reason for this sentence order?


The -러 is probably the hard part. You add that to a verb to show a purpose for doing something. 바나나를 사러 시장에 가 = in order to buy bananas, I'm going to the market. 각성 좀 하러 달리기를 해 = I'm going for a run (in order) to wake myself up.

As far as this sentence, it literally says "He, what in order to do, to school goes?" 무엇을 하러 - in order to do something. 무엇을 하러 갑니까? - what is he going for? / He is going in order to do what?


Why do we need 하 to go with 러? Why not only 러?


하 is the verb stem of 하다 (to do), so 하라 is "in order to do" and 무엇을 (what) is the direct object of to do. So 무엇을 하라 means "in order to do what?" and the sentence translates to "He goes to school in order to do what?" (which in colloquial English would be "What does he go to school for?").


Probably because it needs a verb stem


would 가러 work as well?


it would not. he is going to school in order to do something. 그는 무엇을 하러 학교에 갑니까? is "he, in order to do what, is going to school?" so, it has to be 하러. 하다 means to do, and putting ~러 at the end of the stem indicates that the subject of the sentence is going to do blank in order to do (하다) something. the verb for to go, 가다, is at the end of the sentence. it's really confusing but it'll make sense if you try to break down the sentence structure and each word more. i explained that really badly but i hope it helped nonetheless :)


nope.... the verbs that are followed by the verbs with the particle 러 (eg. 먹으러, 하러, 보러) are always movement verbs such as 가다, 오다...


I really hate this sentence. Very difficult.


It depends on your first language. Since, most of the asian languages use these kinda orders, it may be easy to follow if you're an asian.


I think you are saying it's easier to understand if a person already knows another similar language. Just like Italian is easier for me because I know Spanish and some latin.


You're right! Everything in Korean makes sense to me since i speak hindi. It's just too similar even the sentence structure.


Miss Mackenzie, mostly.


Why can't we contract 무엇을 to 뭘?


No idea, I think "그는 뭘 하러 학교에 가요" should be accepted.


Could someone verify this, please?


For all the fluent english speakers out there, are "What does he go to school for?" and "Why does he go to school?" the same? If they are, then "그는 왜 학교에 갑니까?" must be the right answer... Because, the korean translation above, literally means "What does he do going to school?"


Your What for? and Why? sentence questions can mean the same thing but your Korean translation is asking what he is doing on the way to school and the original translation implies or asks what he does after reaching the school.


In English, we sometimes use "why" and "what for" or "for what" to ask why something is done. Another is "for what reason".

"그는 왜 힉교에 갑니까?". Maybe: Why does he go to school? Google translate said that, too.

Choices of words in the mobile app for translating into Korean are limited to what is on the word tiles. I alternate to Duolingo online to challenge my Korean spelling.


Why does the preposition 학교에 put after the predicate?


The verb in the sentence that relates to 학교에 is 갑니까 which comes after.


누군가 저한테 ㄹ 하러, ㄹ 위한, ㄹ 위해, ㄹ 위해서 의 차이를 알려주세요.

제 생각에는 차이가 정말 비슷해서 이해하기 어려워요.



= for the purpose of/in order to

~(으)러 should be used when one is going to or coming from a place in order to do something. This usually means that the predicating verb of the whole sentence should be either 가다 or 오다, but other variations of those verbs are also acceptable (for example: 내려가다, to go down; 내려오다, to come down; 들어가다, to go in; 들어오다, to come in).

~으러 is used for verbs that end in a consonant and ~러 is used for verbs that en in a vowel.

  • 밥을 먹으러 왔어요
  • 친구를 만나러 가고 있어요
  • 수영하러 수영장에 가고 싶어요

~(으)려고 (you didn't ask for this one, but it's quite similar to ~(으)러 so I might as well)

= with the intention of/in order to

~으려고 is used for verbs that end in a consonant and ~려고 is used for verbs that en in a vowel.

  • 저는 빵을 사려고 시장에 갔어요
  • I went to the market (with the intention) to buy bread.

  • 신발을 신으려고 잠깐 얹았어요

  • I sat down for a moment (with the intention) to put on my shoes.

The biggest difference between ~(으)러 and ~(으)려고 is that ~(으)려고 can replace ~(으)러 but not the other way around. This is because ~(으)러 is only used when you are coming or going somewhere in order to do something.

  • 저는 사과를 사러 시장에 갔어요 (O)
  • 저는 사과를 사려고 시장에 갔어요 (O)
  • 저는 신발을 신으러 잠간 앉았어요 (X)
  • 저는 신발을 신으려고 잠깐 안잤어요 (O)


위하다 means "to make an effort for something/someone" or "to do something to benefit someone."

It is rarely used and changed to 위해/위해서 to mean "in order to" "in order for" or "for the sake of."

위해(서) is shortened from the original conjugation 위하여(서) so you will sometimes see 위하여, but it means the same thing.

noun + 을/를 위해(서)

= in order for/for the sake of + noun

  • 건강을 위해(서) = for the sake of health/for health
  • 엄마를 위해(서) = for the sake of mom/for mom -너를 위해(서) = for your own sake

verb stem + ~기 위해(서)

= in order to/for the sake of + verb stem

  • 한국에 가기 위해(서) = in order to go to Korea/for the sake of going to Korea
  • 영어를 배우기 위해(서) = in order to learn English/for the sake of learning English

Here are 2 full example sentences using both the form with the noun and the form with the verb stem :

  • 건강을 위해서 매일 운동해요
  • I exercise everyday for my health

  • 한국에 가기 위해서 열심히 공부했어요

  • I studied hard in order to go to Korea

Using 위해(서) will make you sound very formal.


Thank you for your explanation


I put "what does he go to school to do" but was not accepted.


Ugh, I keep writing "그는 무엇을 학교에 하러 갑니까?" Why is that wrong?


그는 무엇을 하러 학교에 갑니까랑 그는 학교에 무엇을 하러 갑니까랑 뭐가 다른가요?


Is this asking for what he takes at school, or the reason he goes to school?


The reason he goes


I don't understand this sentence still? Why is there 하러???


I just commented this above. You might find it helpful:

하 is the verb stem of 하다 (to do), so 하라 is "in order to do" and 무엇을 (what) is the direct object of to do. So 무엇을 하라 means "in order to do what?" and the sentence translates to "He goes to school in order to do what?" (which in colloquial English would be "What does he go to school for?").


why was 그는 뭘 하러 학교에 가요? not accepted


Why suddenly got 하러???


why can't 아러 be used after go to school?


그는 뭘 하러 학교에 가요 is this wrong?


This sentence is too hard


the explanations here make it more understandable :)


Why is "그는 학교에 무엇을 하러 가요" wrong?


why 학교에 stands befor verb?


Almost everything related to a verb comes before the verb.




Instead of commenting here where it will be downvoted and not seen, report it so that they can fix it and make it better.


why even downvote this? the aggressive tone doesnt help but he isnt wrong. english doesnt have politeness as a grammatical concept so it wouldnt make sense to restrict answers to one specific grammatical politeness when translated to korean.

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