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Some of these words also function as standard adverbs (i.e., in front of verbs) and in other capacities as well, but the role we are dealing with here today is that of intensifier. For example, the role “very” plays when added to “She is beautiful” to make the sentence “She is very beautiful.” Below are all the intensifiers you will probably ever need in Korean.We could use the same example sentence for all of these, but I thought it would be more helpful to give you a variety of sentences to study with.
- 매우 – highly, immensely
Our firm currently finds itself in a highly dangerous situation.
- 아주 – very
- 대단히 – greatly
- 정말 – really, e.g., “He is really good at that.”
- 제일 – the most, to the maximum, to be the best at something
- 엄청 – “terribly,” “awfully” — as in, she’s awfully good at singing.
- 굉장히 – very, remarkably
- 완전 – with a “히” attached to it, this word mean “completely,” but in this informal iteration it means “very” and is akin to “way,” or “super.”
- 되게 – very