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LEVEL 6 LESSON 23
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→ 잘라지다 = to be cut
Another meaning for passive voice sentences in Korean
In Korean, in addition to the meaning of an action “being done”, the meaning of “possibility” or“capability” is also very commonly used with the passive voice sentences. (The basic idea is that,
when you do something, if something gets done, it is doable. If something doesn’t get donewhen you do or try to do it, it’s not doable or not possible to do.)
This meaning of “possibility” or “capability” does not signify YOUR ability or capability so muchas it does the general “possibility” of that certain action being done.
만들다 is “to make”, and when you say 만들어지다, in the original passive voice sense, it wouldmean “to be made.” But 만들어지다 can not only mean “to be made”, but it can also mean “can
Ex)이 핸드폰은 중국에서 만들어져요.[i haen-deu-po-neun jung-gu-ge-seo man-deu-reo-jyeo-yo.]= This cellphone is made in China.케익을 예쁘게 만들고 싶은데, 예쁘게 안 만들어져요.[ke-i-geul ye-ppeu-ge man-deul-go si-peun-de, ye-ppeu-ge an man-deu-reo-jyeo-yo.]= I want to make this cake in a pretty shape, but I can’t make it pretty.
(In the 2nd example sentence, you can see that the person is NOT directly saying that he or