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"traveling is tiring."

Translation:여행은 피곤해요.

October 13, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlanVzquez9

Where is the 것???!


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

Can you just use 은/는 to make a verb into a gerund, or is this wrong?


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

No, you can't, so this English translation is somewhat misleading, though I can understand since no one says "Travel is tiring." This is a good example of how streamlined Korean can become, since this is a natural way to say something that could be potentially long in English "Traveling makes me feel tired."

To make a verb a gerund, you can do it in two ways. First add 은/는 like you said and then add 것. 맥주를 마시는 것 = drinking beer. 친절하는 것 = being friendly. 먹는 것 = eating.

The other way is to add ~기 to the verb stem. 마시기, 먹기, etc.


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

By Duo's lesson notes, which agree with your post, "Traveling is tiring" should be "여행은 것이 피군해요" or "여행하기 피군해요" which are both currently, as of 2018-01-16, incorrect. The Korean sentence that is marked as correct, in my opinion, really translates to "Trips are tiring" which is a very similar, but certainly different thing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack958215

A lot of English verbs actually start out as a gerund in Korean. So the basic word for travel in Korean is 여행, which means 'traveling', and is already a noun. To make it a verb you need to add something else, 여행하다 (to travel), or 여행을 가다 (to go on a trip), etc. 은/는 is just added to signify that traveling is the sentence topic

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