Of native Korean origin.

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Particularly: “Any relation to 잇다 (itda)?”


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  • IPA(key): [it̚t͈a̠]
  • Phonetic hangeul: []
Revised Romanization? itda
Revised Romanization (translit.)? issda
McCune–Reischauer? itta
Yale Romanization? issqta


있다 (itda) (infinitive 있어, sequential 있으니)

  1. to be (in a place); to exist
    뉴욕은 미국에 있다. 
    Nyuyogeun miguge itda.
    New York is in the United States.
    물속에 물고기가 있다. 
    Mulsoge mulgogiga itda.
    There are fish in the water.
  2. to be (in a state)
    있다  ― seo itdato be standing
    울고 있다 
    ulgo itda
    to be crying
    모여 있다 
    moyeo itda
    to be gathered
  3. to have
    그녀는 남자 친구가 있다. 
    Geunyeoneun namja chin-guga itda.
    She has a boyfriend.
    저는 집도 있고 차도 있어요. 
    Jeoneun jipdo itgo chado isseoyo.
    I have a house and a car.


Usage notesEdit

  • 있잖아 (itjana) (있지 + + 아) is used as an interjection.
    있잖아, 피트. 내가 디씨에는 처음이잖아. 도시가 커. — 응 그렇지만 날마다 조금씩 더 배우고 있잖아. 
    Itjana, piteu. Naega dissieneun cheo-eumijana. Dosiga keo. eung geureochiman nalmada jogeumssik deo bae-ugo itjana.
    You know, Pete, I am new to D.C. The city is big. — Yeah. But you learn a little more every day.
    Original English texts from 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)


  • 없다 (eopda, “to lack, to be absent”)

See alsoEdit

  • 이다 (ida, “to equal (copula)”)
  • 아니다 (anida, “not to equal (negative copula)”)