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  (Yale: nwu). Found in 17th-century sources as 누고 (Yale: nukwo).

Pronunciation[edit]

Romanizations
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, 누가 (nuga) should be used instead of 누구가 (nuguga), e.g.
    있어요?
    Nuga jibe isseoyo?
    Who is at home?