뽀뽀한 주시겠어요?

Translation: Could you give me a kiss?

This week sees me working with a new verb tense: [V]시겠어요; which is basically “Could you V?/Would you V?

As far as tenses go, it’s another that’s super useful.

The opening “시” is a sign of respect; think of when you add “시는” (Mr./Mrs.) after someone’s name. So it starts off super respectful. then gets to the business – asking permission.

As with all the Korean conjugations I’ve seen, super simple to use. Take the verb’s infinitive form, drop the infinitive (-다), and tack on the aforementioned 시겠어요? Place a noun before if one is needed in the question and you’re set!

나랑 춤추시겠어요? – Would you like to dance with me?

(나랑 – with me, 춤추다 – to dance, ~기겠어요 – would/could ending.)

영어 말하시겠어요? – Can you speak English?

(영어 – the English language, 말하다 – to speak, ~시겠어요 – would/could ending.)

가시겠어요? – Would you like to go?

(가다 – to go, ~시겠어요 – would/could ending.)

I think the toughest condition of this tense is that it seems to be tied to “you,” as in referring to someone else. I want… is another tense altogether (~고 싶어요) if memory serves correct.

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