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Korean grammar - I think that - 것 같다

I think that - 것 같다

Pattern: Verb stem + // 같다

We can use the pattern Verb stem + // 같다 to say 'I think that'

We previously saw this pattern meaning 'it is like' or 'it appears that'.

It can be used in the past, present and future tenses by modifying the verb in the regular ways.

So this is an oblique or indirect way to express one's thoughts. In English this might be 'it seems to me that''.

This pattern is only used in the first person - it can't be used to say 'he thinks that'.

-- And as such the subject pronoun (I) is almost always omitted.

자는 것 같아요.
(I) think (he) is sleeping
공부하는 것 같아요.
It seems to me that (he) is studying.
여기인 것 같아요.
(I) think (it) is here.
오는 것 같아요.
(I) think (it) is coming.
모르는 것 같다.
It seems to (me) that (he) doesn't know.
에쁜 것 같아요.
(I) think (it) is pretty.
도착한 것 같아요.
(I) think (we) have arrived.
살 것 같아요.
(I) think (I) will buy (it).
그런 것 같아요.
(I) think so.
늦은 것 같아요.
(I) think (we) are late.
비싼 것 같아요.
(I) think it's expensive.
여기 없는 것 같아요.
(I) think it's not here.
내일 못 갈 것 같아요.
(I) don't think (I) will be able to go tomorrow.
학생이 열심히 공부하는 것 같아요.
It seems to (me) that the student is studying hard.
아기가 자고 있는 것 같아요.
(I) think the baby is sleeping.
회의가 이미 끝난 것 같아요.
(I) think the meeting is already over.
회의는 아직 끝나지 않는 것 같아요.
(I) think the meeting is not yet over.
어젯밤 사장님이 이메일을 보낸 것 같아요.
(I) think the boss sent an email last night.
운전 시험이 쉬운 것 같아요.
(I) think the driving test was easy.
목걸이를 좋아할 것 같아요.
(I) think (she) will like the necklace.
비가 올 것 같아요.
It seems to (me) that it will rain.
콘서트 재미있을 것 같아요.
(I) think the concert will be fun.