[Grammar] ㄹ 탈락 : ㄹ drop

ㄹ 탈락 : ㄹ drop

You already know, vowel endings which start with -(으) or -(스) take place after a verb/adjective which ends with a final consonant. For example,

받+(스)ㅂ니다 -> 받습니다

읽+(으)러 -> 읽으러

닦+(으)면 -> 닦으면

However, when ㄹfinal consonant followed by (으) or (스), ㄹ drops.  For example,

1) 살+(으)러 -> 살러

2) 멀+(으)면 -> 멀면

*3) 울+(스)니다 -> 웁니다

*4) 울+(으)까 -> 우니까

*5) 울+(으)어요-> 우셨어요

*6) 멀+(으) -> 먼

*7) 살+ -> 사는

You can see that there is no (으) in 1) and 2).  If you look closely, there are more changes in 3)~7).  After (으) or (스) drops, if there is ㄴ / ㅂ / ㅅ, ㄹfinal consonant drops.  The table below will help you understand the process.

vowel endings start with(으), (스) (으), (스) drop ㄹ drops  Result
울+(스)ㅂ니다 울+ㅂ니다 우+ㅂ니다 웁니다
살+(으)십니다 살+십니다 사+십니다 사십니다
멀+(으)니까 멀+니까 머+니까 머니까
달+(으)ㄴ 달+ㄴ 다+ㄴ
길+(으)ㄹ수록 길+ㄹ수록 길+ㄹ수록 길수록(ㄹ merged)
밀+(으)ㄹ 거예요 밀+ㄹ 거예요 밀+ㄹ 거예요 밀 거예요(ㄹ merged)
살+는 살+는 사+는 사는


울다 to cry

살다 to live

멀다 far

달다 sweet

길다 long

밀다 to push

If you have any questions, please reply to this post.

9 thoughts on “[Grammar] ㄹ 탈락 : ㄹ drop

    1. You mean exactly the opposite right?
      I assume it was all a typo:

      “However, when (으) or (스) is followed by ㄹfinal consonant, (으) or (스) drops.”

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