괜찮다

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A contraction of (gwaen) [< 공연 (gong-yeon, “in vain, unnecessariness”, 空然), (> 괜하— (gwaenha-, “useless, futile”))] + 하— (ha-, “to do”) + (-ji, “connective suffix for negative verbs/adjectives”) + 아니— (ani-, “to be not”) + 하— (ha-, “to do”) + (-da, “citation form ending”). Equivalent to (gwaen) + 찮다 (-chanta).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kwɛ̝nt͡ɕʰa̠ntʰa̠/
  • Phonetic hangul: 괜찬타

Adjective[edit]

괜찮다 (gwaenchanta) (infinitive 괜찮아, sequential 괜찮으니)

  1. to be nice, good, passable, OK, all right
    괜찮아gwaenchanaOK
    괜찮으시다면gwaenchaneusidamyeonif it is OK with you; if you don't mind
    괜찮으세요?
    gwaenchaneuseyo?
    Are you OK?
    지금까지는 괜찮았지만 정작은 이제부터다.
    Jigeumkkajineun gwaenchanatjiman jeongjageun ijebuteoda.
    So far so good, but we shall have to be ready for the worse.
  2. (of a person) to be allowed to ...; may, can; it is OK to ...
  3. to be safe, secure

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