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‘NOUN+처럼’ in Korean: Like or As NOUN

learning korean Feb 03, 2023
처럼, Like, As, Korean grammar, Korean

 - Author: Niya (Trinidad and Tobago)
 - Editor: Good Job Korean team 

 ‘처럼’ is always attached after a noun to compare a noun to a verb. ‘처럼’ can be translated as ‘Like’, ‘As’, or sometimes ‘Similar to’. Let’s see some examples.


 1. Used with a descriptive verb to describe something with comparison


 린 씨는 꽃처럼 예뻐요.

 Lyn is beautiful like a flower.

 *꽃: flower   *예쁘다: to be beautiful


 저희 아빠는 호랑이처럼 무서워요.

 My father is scary like a tiger.

 *저희: our(polite speech)   *아빠: father   *호랑이: tiger   *무섭다: to be scary


 2. Used with an action verb to indicate that an action is done ‘like’ the way noun does


 저는 저희 엄마처럼 청소를 좋아해요.

 I like cleaning like my mom. (I like cleaning as my mom likes cleaning)

 *저희: our (polite)


 샤지 씨는 유명한 요리사처럼 요리해요.

 Shazzy cooks like a famous chef.

 *씨: mr/mrs/miss/ms   *유명한: famous   *요리사: chef   *요리하다: to cook


 3. ‘-처럼 생기다(to look like)’: Used to describe someone’s look or something’s look


 진서 씨는 연예인처럼 생겼어요.

 Jinseo looks like a celebrity/actor.

 *연예인: celebrity, actor   *-처럼 생기다: looks like something or someone


 이 강아지는 토끼처럼 생겼어요.

 This puppy looks like a rabbit.

 *이: this   *강아지: puppy   *토끼: rabbit


 구름이 솜사탕처럼 생겼어요.

 The cloud looks like cotton candy.

 *구름: cloud   *솜사탕: cotton candy


 ‘생기다’ literally means ‘to appear’ or ‘to be in existence’ but when you say ‘처럼 생기다’ which literally means ‘to appear like’, you can use it to describe something or someone’s look.


 Example sentences of –처럼


 한국 사람처럼 한복을 입고 싶어요.

 I want to wear hanbok like a Korean.

 *-에서: in (location marker)   *한복: Hanbok (traditional Korean clothes)   *입다: to wear
고 싶다: want to do something


 진 씨는 가수처럼 아름다운 목소리를 가지고 있어요.

 Jin has a beautiful voice like a singer.

 *가수: singer   *아름다운: to be beautiful(adjective)   *목소리: voice   *가지다: to have


 여동생은 저처럼 집에 있는 것을 좋아해요

 My sister likes to stay at home like me.

 *여동생: younger sister   *: home   *있다: to exist, to stay   *좋아하다: to like


 오늘도 어제처럼 날씨가 더워요.

 Today’s weather is also very hot like yesterday.

 *오늘: today   *-도: also   *어제: yesterday   *날씨: weather   *덥다: to be hot(weather)


 한국에서처럼, 점심 메뉴에 김치를 추가하고 싶어요.

 Like in Korea, I want to add kimchi to my lunch menu.

 점심: lunch   *메뉴: menu   *추가하다: to add   *김치: kimchi   *-고 싶다: want to do something

 - Author: Niya (Trinidad and Tobago)
 - Editor: Good Job Korean team