Apr 7, 2017

L2G28 A/V/N-던데요 grammar = I saw/felt/surprised that... ~express contradiction to one’s speaking or surprise to something

L2G28 A/V/N-던데요 grammar = I saw/felt/surprised that... ~express contradiction to one’s speaking or surprise to something

Usage:
  • -더- (recollection) + -(으)ㄴ데요 (background info, contrast or surprising situation) = express something contradiction to one’s speaking or express surprising feeling toward something.
Tense:
Adjective / Verb
  • A/V-던데요
Noun
  • N (이)던데요

Examples:
1. 집이 작아서 더 물건을 둘 데가 없어서 고민해요.
  • 지난번에 갔을 때는 집이 아주 커 보이던데요.
I am worried because my house is so small that there is no more room to put anything else.
  • But it looked really big when I was there last time.
2. 오늘은 선생님 기분이 좀 좋아지셨어요?
  • 아니요. 아까 보니까 오늘도 안 좋으시던데요.
Is the teacher feeling better today?
  • No, I just was him a while, he is still not good today.
3. 이번 시험이 아주 쉬웠지요?
  • 아니요. 저는 지난 시험보다 더 어렵던데요.
The exam this time was really easy right?
  • No, I felt that it is harder than the last exam.
4. 어제 미나 씨하고 식사하셨어요?
  • 네, 미나 씨가 한국 음식을 아주 잘 먹던데요.
Did you eat with Mina yesterday?
  • Yes, I am surprised that Mina eats Korean food really well.
5. 안아 씨가 학생이지요?
  • 아니요. 직원이던데요. 학교 근처 회사에서 일하더라고요.
Is Anna a student?
  • No, she is an officer. She works in a company near the school.
6. 피아노를 배우기가 어렵지요?
  • 아니요. 배위 보니까 생각보다 쉽던데요.
Is learning piano difficult?
  • No. After learning, I felt it is easier than I think.
7. 어제 남산에 올라갔어요?
  • 네, 남산에서 본 서울 야경이 아주 아름답던데요.
Did you climb Namsan yesterday?
  • Yes, (I am surprised that) Seoul night view from Namsan is really beautiful.

Specific usage :
1. If used in mid-sentence, indicating present situation is contrary to the past situation.
E.g 앤디 씨는 좋은 사람 같아 보이던데 한번 만나 보세요. -- Andy seemed like a good person, so you should meet him.
E.g 어제는 많이 춥던데 오늘은 따뜻하네요. -- It was really cold yesterday but it is warm today.
2. -았었던데요 is used for things that ended in the past.
E.g
민수 씨가 잘 지내고 있지요?
  • 네, 얼마 전에 회사를 옮겼던데요.
Is Minsu living well?
  • Yes, I heard he recently changed jobs.
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