Intermediate Grammar #29: ~(으)ㄹ 만하다 “Worth doing”

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~(으)ㄹ 만하다:

  • Used to indicate something is “worth doing”
  • Also used when the speaker is not totally satisfied with something, but it’s still worth doing or paying attention to


  • Give recommendations to others



  • 과거: ~(으)ㄹ 만했다
  • 현재: ~(으)ㄹ 만하다
  • 미래/추측: ~(으)ㄹ 만할 것이다

(어떤 ____이/가 좋아요? – Which _____ do you like?) Examples:


과거 (영화):

  • 레고무비가 진짜 재미있어서 아들이랑 같이 볼 만했어요.
    The Lego Movie looked really interesting so it was worth watching with my son.
  • 나는 초등학생 이었을때 어느날 아팠었는데 학교에 안 갔고 집에서 첫 스타워즈 영화를 봤는데 정말 볼 만했어요.
    When I was an elementary school student, I was sick one day so I didn’t go to school, but I stayed home and watched the first Star Wars movie, which was totally worth watching.
  • 새로운 스타트렉 영화가 진짜 볼 만했어요.
    The new Star Trek movie was really worth watching.
  • 디즈니의 애니매이션 영화는 보통 모두 볼 만했는데 라이브 액션 영화는 더 재미있게 볼 만했어요.
    While all animated Disney movies are usually well worth watching, their live action movies are more interesting and more worth watching.
  • 옛날 영화의 원작이 봤으면 다시 만든 리메이크 영화도 볼 만했는데 똑같은 이야기의 다른 접근법을 볼 수 있기때문이에요.
    If you’ve seen the original versions of old movies, then it’s well worth watching the remakes because the story is the same, but you can see it from a different perspective.
  • 코미디 영화는 항상 볼 만했지만 저질 코미디는 너무 싫었어요.
    Although comedy movies are always worth watching, I really hate low quality comedy movies.

현재 (음식):

  • 전주에서 가장 유명하고 갈 만한 식당은 한옥마을의 베테랑 칼국수예요.
    In Jeonju, the most famous restaurant worth going to is Hanok Village’s Veteran kalguksu.
  • 전주비빔밥도 먹을 만하고 고산에 육회비빔밥도 먹을 만해요.
    Jeonju’s bibimbap is worth eating, and Gosan’s raw beef bibimbap is also worth eating.
  • 등산 가면 적어도 한 번 김밥을 가지고 가서 소풍을 할 만해요.
    If you go hiking, it’s worth taking kimbap along for a picnic at least once.

미래/추측 (여행):

  • 가족하고 디즈니랜드를 갈 만할 것 같아서 이제 부터 돈도 모으고 계획도 잘 생각이에요.
    It seems worth it to take the family to Disneyland so from now on, let’s save money and think of a good plan.
  • 우리 아이들이 커서 득립하고 대학교에 다닐때 유럽을 여행할 만할 것 같아요.
    When our children grow up and become independent and are attending university, it would be worth it to take a trip to Europe.
  • 은퇴후에 아시아 크루즈에 갈 만할 것이에요.
    After retiring, taking an Asian Cruise would be worth doing.
  • 작은 아이가 있으니까 재미있는 한국 유원지에 갈 만할 것이지만 아마 딸이 더 자라면 더 재미있겠지요.
    Since we have a small child, it seems like it would be worth it to go to a Korean amusement park, but it might be more interesting if we waited until our daughter grew up a bit more.
  • 내 장모님댁은 최근에 리모델링을 해서 한번 가볼만 할 거예요.
    My parents-in-law’s house just got remodeled, so it’s worth it to go check it out once.

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



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