March 13, 2020 0

What is the difference between the Korean words 지금 (jigeum) and 이제 (ije)?


안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo) JungAh here. Today, I’ll talk about the difference between the Korean words 이제 (ije) and 지금 (jigeum). Both words mean “now” but have slightly different use cases. 이제 (ije) means “now” as a result of past time. It has a feeling of distance from the past. For example, 며칠 후 졸업해요. 이제 무엇을 할까요 (myeochil hu joreopaeyo ije mueoseul halkkayo)?. This sentence means “I graduate in a few days. What do I do now?” Another example would be 이제 가을이에요
(ije gaeurieyo) which means “It’s autumn now [the summer is gone]”. In both of these examples, the past seems more distant. 지금 (jigeum), on the other hand, means “now” as in “at this point in time of speaking”. For example, 나는 지금 집에 도착했어요
(naneun jigeum jibe dochakaesseoyo) which means ”I got home now.” Another example is, 지금은 가을이에요
(jigeumeun gaeurieyo) which means “It’s autumn now”. These versions of “now” are talking about the current moment. What are you doing now? Let us know in the comments below. Bye!

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