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First attested in the Myobeopyeonhwagyeong eonhae (妙法蓮華經諺解 / 묘법연화경언해), 1463, as ᄀᆞᆮᄒᆞ다 (Yale: kot.hota). Analysable as root ᄀᆞᆮ— (kot-, to be like) + ᄒᆞ— (ho-, to do) (Modern 하— (ha-)) + (-da). Compare  (ごと) (gotoshi, like; as if).


  • IPA(key)[ka̠t̚t͈a̠]
  • Phonetic Hangul[]
Revised Romanization? gatda
Revised Romanization (translit.)? gatda
McCune–Reischauer? katta
Yale Romanization? kathqta


같다 (gatda) (infinitive 같아, sequential 같으니)

  1. (to be) the same
    같은 말을 되풀이하다
    gateun mal-eul doepurihada
    to say the same thing over and over
  2. (to be) like or similar (often used with (wa)/ (gwa))
  3. (to be) probably so; (to be) apparently so
    In this sense, it often follows (geot) and is often translated as "it looks like".
    비가 올 것 같다.
    Bi-ga ol geot gatda.
    It looks like it will rain.
    공항까지 지하철을 타면 될 것 같은데 혹시 지하철이 어디 있는지 아세요?
    Gonghangkkaji jihacheol-eul tamyeon doel geot gateunde hoksi jihacheori eodi inneunji aseyo?
    I think I can take the subway to the airport. Do you know where the subway is?


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