KoreanEdit

PronunciationEdit

Romanizations
Revised Romanization?-a
Revised Romanization (translit.)?a
McCune–Reischauer?a
Yale Romanization?a

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Korean 아〮 (Yale: ), from Old Korean (*-a).

SuffixEdit

Ablaut/harmonic pair
Yin-form (-eo)
Yang-form (-a)

(-a)

  1. Yang-vowel form of (-eo, versatile verbal infinitive suffix).
Usage notesEdit
  • See Usage notes at .

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle Korean 아〮 (Yale: ), from Old Korean (*-a).

ParticleEdit

(-a)

  1. hey; vocative particle for those of lower or equal status than the speaker, such as children; used after consonants.
    Coordinate term: 이여 (-iyeo, formal honorific vocative)
    멍멍, 어디 ?Meongmeong-a, eodi in-ni?Doggy, where are you?
    선민, 오늘 ?Seonmin-a, neo oneul mwo hae?Hey Seonmin, what are your plans today?
Usage notesEdit
  • The vocative particle causes the noun-attaching (-i) to drop out.
Alternative formsEdit
  • (-ya)used after vowels

Etymology 3Edit

See the main entry.

ParticleEdit

(-a)

  1. Gyeongsang form of (-e, at, to)