Space rules

Do you know that you have to leave a space when you write Korean? Spaces are very important in Korean because it can cause misunderstanding if there are no spaces. For example,


This sentence can be “아버지 가방에 들어가세요.” or “아버지가 방에 들어가세요.” depending on where we leave a space. The first sentence means “Father, please go into the bag(가방).” and the second sentence means “Father is entering a room.(방)

Then when should we leave a space? It is very simple. It is usually between words and after particles. For example,

오늘 아침에 언니하고 공부했어요.
오늘 today + space
아침 morning + 에(place particle) + space
언니 older sister + 하고(with particle) + space
공부했어요. studied

Let’s practice another sentence.

주말에 친구 집에서 점심을 먹어요.
주말 weekend + 에 (time particle) + space
친구 friends + space
집 house + 에서 (place particle) + space
점심 lunch + 을 (object particle) + space
먹어요. eat

One thing you should remember is there is NO SPACE BEFORE A PARTICLE. Particles are always attached to a noun.

Isn’t it easy?

Can you leave spaces on these sentences below? Please write your answer on reply to this post.

  1. 어제아침에친구를만났어요. (I met my friend yesterday morning)
  2. 내일언제학교에가요?(When are you going to school tomorrow? )
  3. 오늘저녁에우리집에오세요.(Please come to my house this evening.)
  4. 지난주말에백화점에서옷을샀어요. (I bought clothes at a department store last weekend.)

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