누구

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Yongbi eocheonga (龍飛御天歌 / 용비어천가), 1447, as Middle Korean (nwu). Found in 17th-century sources as 누고 (nukwo).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key)[nuɡu]
  • Phonetic Hangul[]
Revised Romanization? nugu
Revised Romanization (translit.)? nugu
McCune–Reischauer? nugu
Yale Romanization? nwukwu

Pronoun[edit]

누구 (nugu)

  1. who
  2. someone
    • 누구든 그 여자가 동의하지 않았다고 생각할까 봐서 그 여자는 아무 말도 하지 않았다.
      Nugudeun geu yeojaga dong-uihaji anatdago saenggakhalkka bwaseo geu yeojaneun amu maldo haji anatda.
      She said nothing, lest anyone think she didn't agree.

Usage notes[edit]

  • When a subject particle (ga) is attached, a form 누가 (nuga) should be used instead of 누구가 (nuguga), e.g. 누가 집에 있어요? (Nuga jib-e isseoyo?) - "Who is at home?"