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"The fast running student eats a lot of rice."

Translation:빨리 달리는 학생이 밥을 많이 먹습니다.

October 26, 2017



Why does it have to be 밥을 많이 먹습니다 and not 많이 밥을 먹습니다? Is there a rigid word order, or can it be flexible? :/


많이 밥을 먹다 sounds unnatural. Also to move it before the noun, it would have to be 많은, but that still sounds unnatural.


Yup! 밥을 많이 먹다 is the most natural.


많이 is an adverb, which means 밥을 많이 먹다 is parsed as:

  • [rice] [eat lots] (eat rice a lot)

많은 is an adjective, which means 많은 밥을 먹다 is parsed as:

  • [lots rice] [eat] (eat lots of rice)

The former describes of the degree of the action and the latter describes of the degree of the noun. Koreans generally think of eating a lot rather than lots of something being eaten.

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