Intermediate Grammar #37: ~게 되다 “has happened”

← Previous
Next →

~게 되다:

  • Passive events in which the subject is not actively involved
  • Equivalent to “has happened” OR “have/has done”


  • Common: ~게 되었어요 (Shortened: ~게 됐어요) means something has been decided or come true
  • Use: gentle and indirect way to say something has happened
  • Express the result of a change



  • 과거: ~게 되었어요
  • 현재: ~게 돼요
  • 미래/추측: ~게 될 거예요

슈퍼맨 (Superman) Examples:


  • 입원하다: 들었어? 슈퍼맨이 입원하게 되었어요!
    Did you hear? Superman has been admitted to the hospital!
  • 이해하다: 정말요? 의사가 슈퍼맨의 문제를 이해하게 될까요?
    Really? Will the doctor understand Superman’s problem?
  • 살다: 모르겠어요. 슈퍼맨은 여기 지구에서 50년이나 살게 되었지만 나이를 안 먹었나봐!
    I dunno. Superman has lived here on this earth for at least 50 years but he’s never aged!
  • 오다: 아마 슈퍼맨의 고향에서 다른 슈퍼사람이 오게 되요.
    Maybe another Super Person from Superman’s hometown has come.
  • 남다: 하지만 난 이렇게 들었어, 슈퍼맨의 고향 행성이 다 안 남게 되잖아.
    But I heard nothing was left of Superman’s home planet.
  • 취직하다: 아마 슈퍼맨은 새로운 회사에 취직하게 될 거예요.
    Maybe Superman will be employed by a new company.
  • 가다: 내 생각에 렉스루터 회사에 가게 될 거예요.
    I bet he goes to Lex Luthor’s company.
  • 닫다: 뭐? 나는 렉스루터 회사는 문을 닫았다고 들었어요.
    What? I heard that Lex Luthor’s company was closed.
  • 열다: 아니야. 어제 그 근처에 갔다왔는데 거기 문을 열게 되서 많은 로봇들이 일 하던데요.
    No way. Yesterday, I went over to that area and saw the doors opened and lots of robots working there.

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



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.