In today’s blog we will be learning the phrase 큰일 났다. This is a part of the #hanokphrases content series from our Instagram!
큰일 났다 is often expressed when one gets into trouble or exclaimed as "oh no!"
The phrase comes from the words “big issue” and “happened”:
큰 - from 크다 which means big
일 - 일 has various meanings but in this context, it means an issue / thing
났다 - past tense of 나다 which means happening
Together, it means something big has happened. We normally use it in a negative context.
The formal form of this can be 큰일 났습니다. While the informal form is 큰일 났어!
Some examples where this phrase is used are:
큰일 났다! 가스레인지 끄는걸 잊어버렸어… = Oh no! I forgot to turn off the gas stove
큰일 났어요! 아침 수업인데 낮잠을 자 버렸어요! = Oh no! I have a morning class but I overslept!
오늘 시험 있는걸 몰랐어, 공부 안했는데, 큰일 났어! = I didn’t know there would be an exam today, I didn't study, oh no!
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