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"He already left work."

Translation:그는 이미 퇴근했어요.

October 22, 2017

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

What is the difference between 벌써 and 이미?


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

벌써 is more like a surprised "already" like "It's already 4:00??" whereas 이미 is just a normal "already" like "I already brushed my teeth"


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

Such subtle difference exists indeed but in reality, even the native speakers speak in both ways. :D

그는 이미 퇴근했어요. = 그는 벌써 퇴근했어요 = He already called it a day. 그는 이미 죽었어요 = 그는 벌써 죽었어요 = He is already dead 그녀는 이미 취했어요 = 그녀는 벌써 취했어요 = She is already drunk

"It's already 4:00??" = 벌써 4시입니까? 4시입니까, 벌써? (sounds natural) 이미 4시 입니까? (okish but sounds a little bit weird, grammatically correct though)

For asking questions, the use of 벌써 rather than 이미 seems safer, I think :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CF00l

그는 이미 退勤했어요


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

There is a bug where i have to comment to see new comments...so heres a useless comment.

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