[Grammar] -아/어/여 있다 status in progress

‘-아/어/여 있다’ means ‘~ing(status in progress) ‘ in English for verbs that cannot have objects like 앉다, 눕다, 서다, 비다, 남다 and most passive voice verbs. It is the same meaning as -고 있다, however ‘-고 있다’ is attached to verbs that have objects such as 먹다, 마시다, 보다, 사다, 하다.

For example,

고양이가 의자에 앉아 있어요.  A cat is sitting on the chair.
개가 길에 누워 있어요.  A dog is lying on the sidewalk.
문 앞에 오랫동안 서 있었어요. I was standing in front of the door for a long time.
나무 위에 눈이 많이 쌓여 있어요. A tree is covered with snow. (Snow is stacked on a tree)
제가 봤을 때 가방이 비어 있었어요. When I saw, the bag was empty.
수술을 한 지 오래 됐지만 상처가 아직 남아 있어요. I got the surgery for a long time ago, the scar is still there.
통장에 아직 100만원이 남아 있어요. There are still one million Won in the account.

You can listen to audio files by clicking here. <-여기를 누르시면 오디오를 들을 수 있습니다. 

Click here to study -고 있다.

Click here to study passive voice. 

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