Learn Korean: Noun + 면 다야?


Let’s take a look at the Korean sentence pattern Verb + 면 다야(?). This is the Korean equivalent of the English expression So what if (you) are something? We say it when someone is acting bossy and privileged as if he has all the right to do whatever he wants. That person is putting others in a difficult and unfair situation. One example is the elder sibling case. Sometimes, they just go overboard in bossing the younger ones around. When ignored or provoked, they might go as far as cussing and beating. If I have one and acts ridiculously like that, I would say So what if you are my (elder brother)? The enclosed part is the noun. An elder brother in Korean is called 오빠 or 형. 오빠 is used by girls and 형 is used by boys. 오빠 ends in a vowel so we attach 면. 형 ends in a consonant so we attach 이면. The actual sentence is 오빠면 다야? or 형이면 다야? The polite form of 다야 is 다예요.


부자면 다예요?
So what if she is rich? (she has no right to spit on the face of the flight attendant)

반장이면 다야?
So what if he is the class president? (he can’t just boss everyone around while he does nothing)

연예인이면 다야?
So what if he is a celebrity? (he should fall in line like everyone else)