못하다

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of native Korean origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Homophones: 모타다 (motada) a common corruption of 모터(이) (moteoda "to be a motor")

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못하다 (mothada) (infinitive 못해 or 못하여, sequential 못하니)

  1. cannot (do); to be unable, or impossible (to do)
    • 집에 가지 못해요. = 집에 못가요.
      Jib-e gaji mothaeyo. = Jib-e motgayo.
      I cannot go home. = I cannot go home.
    • 말은 못타요.
      mar-eun mottayo. (See: Notes above)
      I cannot ride on horseback.

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