Jan 30, 2017

L2G03 A/V/N-(으)ㄹ텐데 grammar= should, would, suppose…so/but...~express an expected future situation

L2G03 -(으)ㄹ 텐데 grammar = should, would, suppose, must be ….so/but....

  • Equal to -(으)ㄹ 터이다 (future situation or intention) + -(으)ㄴ/는데 (related or contrary info)
  • Use to express an expected or intended future situation.
  • First clause gives an intention or expectation in a future event, second clause is either related or contrary to the 1st clause.
  • Can use at the end of sentence -(으)ㄹ 텐데요 (= would, think that, suppose that) to express the speaker’s assumption.


Adjective/ Verb:
  • 과거 : 았/었을 텐데
  • 현재 : -(으)ㄹ 텐데
  • 과거 : 였을 텐데
  • 현재 : 일 텐데


1. 바람이 많이 부네요.
  • 바람이 불면 추울 텐데 따뜻하게 입고 가는 게 좋겠어요.
It’s really windy.
  • If it is windy, it should be cold, so It’s good to wear warm clothes when going out.

2. 밍 씨가 오늘 결혼식에 온대요?
  • 모르겠어요. 벌써 청첩장을 받았을 텐데 연락이 없네요.
Did Minh say that he will go to the wedding ceremony today?
  • I am not sure. He should have received the invitation card, but I haven't heard from him yet.

3. 오후에 택배가 하나 오는데 좀 받아 주세요.
  • 오후에는 집에 없을 텐데 어떡하지요?
A delivery will come this afternoon, so please make sure you get it.
  • I'm not supposed to be at home in the afternoon,  so what should we do?

4. 어제 야근 하느라고 많이 피곤했을 텐데 오늘은 일찍 들어가세요.
  • 괜찮습니다. 오늘도 야근할 수 있습니다.
You would be exhausted after working late yesterday,  so please go home early today.
  • It's Okey. I can work late today too.

5. 안나 씨에게 같이 여행 가자고 할까요?
  • 안나 씨가 요즘 바쁠 텐데요.
Shall we ask Anna to go traveling together?
  • I think Anna is busy these days.

6. 내가 돈이 있으면 그 것을 살 텐데.
If I had money, I would buy that.

7. 퇴근시간이라서 길이 막힐 텐데요.
The road would be jammed because it is rush hour.

8. 그 식당이 이미 닫았을 텐데 가지 말자.
The restaurant would be closed already, so let’s not go.

9. 일요일에는 집에 혼자 있으면 심심할 텐데 우리 집에 놀러 오세요.
In Sunday, it would be boring if you stay at home alone, so please come to play at our home.

10. 오늘이 동생 생일일 텐데 케이크를 먹었는지 모르겠다.
Today must be my younger sister's birthday, but I don't know whether she had a cake.

Comparison -(으)ㄴ데 vs -(으)ㄹ 텐데:

1. -(으)ㄴ데 : provide background info about the current topic or introduce information following in the next clause.
  • E.g : (지금) 비가 오는데 우산을 가져가세요. --- It’s raining (now), please bring an umbrella with you.

2. -(으)ㄹ 텐데 : express an expected or intended future situation.
  • E.g : (오후에) 비가 올 텐데 우산을 가져가세요. --- It is supposed to rain (in the afternoon), so please take an umbrella with you.
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