Intermediate Grammar #22: ~다면서요? “Is it really true that…?” (Hearsay)

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~다면서요?:

  • Confirm something you heard from a third party.
  • Equivalent to “Is it really true that…?” or “Did I hear right that…?”

Usage:

  • Shortened form ~다면 can be used with close friends
  • DON’T use to talk about something you directly saw or know from first-hand experience – this expression is for hearsay

Tenses:

과거:

  • A/V: ~았/었다면서요?
  • N이다: 였/이었다면서요?

현재:

  • A: ~다면서요?
  • V: ~(느)ㄴ다면서요?
  • N이다: 라/이라면서요?

미래/추측:

  • A/V: ~(으)ㄹ 거라면서요?
  • N이다: 일 거라면서요?* (not in the book, but my wife says it’s possible)

(오피스스페이스 – Office Space) Examples:

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과거:

  • A: 피터기번스: 조안나가 럼버그가 색시하가고 했다면서요?
    Peter Gibbons: Is it really true that Joanna said Lumberg was sexy?
  • V: 사미르: 피터가 요즘 출근 안 했다면서요?
    Samir: Is it really true that Peter hasn’t been coming to work lately?
  • N이다: 마이클볼턴: 고장난 전자제품이 화사의 프린터였다면서요?
    Michael Bolton: Is it really true that the broken electronic device in our office is the printer?
  • A: 피터: 마이클! 소수점을 잘못 계산했다면서?
    Peter: Michael! Is it really true that you messed up the accounting decimal place?
  • V: 사미르: 내 성과 이름의 발음을 틀리게 했다면서요?
    Samir: Is it really true that you mispronounced my name?
  • N이다: 마이클: 내가 가수라고 생각했다면서요?
    Michael: Is it really true that you thought I was a singer?

현재:

  • A: 빌럼버그: 밥과 밥은 피터를 좋아한다면서요?
    Bill Lumberg: Is it really true that Bob and Bob like Peter?
  • V: 밥슬라이델: 피터, 여기 회사에서 일 안 한다면서요?
    Bob Slydell: Peter, is it really true that you don’t do any work in this company?
  • N이다: 밥포터: 피터, 너는 중요하지 않은 직원이라면서요?
    Bob Porter: Peter, is it really true that you’re a nonessential employee?
  • V: 럼버그: 뭐? 밥과 밥은 피터를 승진 시킨다면서요?
    Lumberg: What? Is it really true that Bob and Bob promoted Peter?
  • N이다: 밥1: 럼버그는 피터가 게으른 직원이라고 생각한다면서요?
    Bob 1: Is it really true that Lumberg thinks Peter is a lazy employee?
  • A: 밥2: 마이클과 사미르가 필요하다면서요?
    Bob 2: Is it really true that Michael and Samir are needed?

미래/추측:

  • V: 밀턴: 인니테크가 나를 무시할 거라면서요?
    Milton: Is it really true that Initech will ignore me?
  • A: 조안나: 너회들 때문에 인니테크를 잃을 거라면서요?
    Joanna: Is it really true that because of you guys Initech will go bankrupt?
  • N이다: 밀턴: 인니테크가 불에 타서 잿더미가 될 거라면서요?
    Milton: Is is really true that Initech will burn down in a pile of ashes?
  • V: 조안나: 피터가 진짜 그만둘 거라면서요?
    Joanna: Is it really true that Peter will quit?
  • A: 밀턴: 내 빨간 호치키스를 진짜 잃어버릴 거라면서요?
    Milton: Is it really true that my red stapler will be lost?
  • N이다: 조안나: 넌 부자일 거라면서요? 아니면 범인일 것 같아죠!
    Joanna: Is it really true that you guys will be rich? Or you’ll just be criminals!

**These are notes from Korean Grammar in Use: Intermediate. For more in-depth explanations, buy the book.

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