Intermediate Grammar #28: ~아/어야지요 “I’ll have to… / You ought to…”

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  • Use when the speaker is making a promise to themselves
  • Or use when reprimanding someone else for not doing something they should have
  • Equivalent to “I’ll have to…” OR “You ought to…”


  • ~아/어야지 = shortened form for speaking to oneself
  • ~아/어야죠 = another shortened form



  • 긍정 (Positive): ~아/어야지요
  • 부정 (Negative): ~지 말아야지요

(피터잭선감독 – Director Peter Jackson) Examples:


  • 호빗3 영화에 빌보가 더 멋지게 되어야지요.
    In Hobbit 3, I’ll have to make Bilbo cooler.
  • 스마그의 싸움 장면을 엄청 길게 만들어야지요.
    I’ll have to make Smaug’s fight scene incredibly long.
  • 크리스토퍼리의 사우라먼 캐릭터가 호빗3에 나오지 말아야지~
    I shouldn’t make Christopher Lee’s Sarumon character appear in Hobbit 3.
  • 나는 겨속 운동하고 다이어트도 잘 지켜야지요.
    I’ll have to continue exercising and be sure to stick to my diet.
  • 나중에 새 공포 영화를 만들지 말아야죠~
    Later, I shouldn’t make any more horror movies.
  • 킹콩 영화가 이렇게 성공했기 때문에 킹콩2와 3도 만들어야지요.
    Since King Kong was so successful, I’ll have to make King Kong 2 and 3 as well.
  • 킹콩2와 3에 킹콩이 죽지 말아야죠~
    I shouldn’t make King Kong die in King Kong 2 and 3.
  • 너무 젊어서 은퇴하지 말아야지요.
    I shouldn’t retire too young.
  • 나중에 죽기 전에 자서전를 써야지요.
    Later, before I die, I’ll have to write my autobiography.
  • 호빗3의 종결을 너우 길게 하지 말아야죠~
    You shouldn’t make the ending of Hobbit 3 too long.

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