[Grammar] -(으)니까 realize, find out

We learned -(으)니까 as a meaning of reason/result in beginners level (you can study -(으)니까 for beginner by clicking here).  In this post, we are going to learn another meaning which is ‘to realize a new fact or to find out a situation after a subject does this action’.

For example,
학교에 가니까 사람이 한 명도 없었어요. When I went to school, nobody is there.
In this sentence, it is not ‘because~so~’, it means the speaker(subject) found out there are no people after he arrived at school. Let’s look at another sentence.

먹어 보니까 맵지 않더라고요. I tried it, and it was not spicy.
In this sentence, the speaker(subject) realized it was not spicy after he tried something.

Like the sentence above, -(으)니까 can be with -아/어/여 보다, -고 나다 or -다가 보다.

(*’까’ can be omitted sometimes, but it feels more formal. )

 

Here are more examples,

우체국에 가니까 문이 닫혀 있었어요. I found out the post office was closed after I got there.

생각해 보니까 나쁘지 않았어요.  I realized that it was not that bad.

시간이 지나고 나니까(지나고 보니까) 좋은 경험이었던 것 같아요.  I realized after a while that it was great experience.

일을 끝내고 나니(까) 기분이 좋아졌어요.  I realized that I felt better after I finished working.

고 보니(까) 좋은 사람이더라고요. I found out that he is actually a good person.

고 보니(까) 기분 나쁘네. I realized that I feel terrible hearing.

공부를 하다가 보니(까) 어렵지 않았어요. I realized that it was not difficult after I studied for a while.

다가 보니(까) 좋아졌어요. I realized that I began enjoying it after I kept listening to it.

 

You can listen to audio files for these sentence by clicking here.

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