[Expression] A 말고 B : not A but B

 A 말고 B means ‘not A but B’, ‘except for A’ or ‘B instead of A’ in English.
You can use this with nouns or verbs. Let’s look at nouns first.

noun(A) 말고 noun(B)

이거 말고 저거 주세요.
Give me that one, not this one.
우리 커피 말고 차 마셔요.
Let’s drink tea instead of coffee.
그 사람 말고 민수 씨하고 가고 싶어요.
I want to go with Minsu instead of that guy.
말고 다른 사람한테 얘기하지 마세요.
Don’t tell anyone but me.
이 색깔 말고 다른 색은 없어요?
Do you have other colors except for this color?

 

If you want to use this with verbs, you should put ‘-지’ in front of ‘말고’

Verb-지 말고 Verb

지 말고 공부해.
Don’t play, study!
거기 가지 말고 같이 영화 봐요.
Don’t go there, let’s watch a movie.
회사 가지 말고 저하고 같이 놀러 가요.
Don’t go to work, let’s hang out with me.
너무 슬퍼하지 말고 힘내세요.
Please don’t be sad, cheer up!
영어로 이야기하지 말고 한국어로 이야기하세요.
Don’t speak in English, speak in Korean.

 

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