Learn Korean: WH + 냐고


Let's take a look at the Korean sentence pattern WH + 냐교. We use this to repeat a question that has been asked because the listener failed to hear it, ignored it, or did not pay attention. The question must be a WH-question with be verb as the main verb for it to work. Otherwise, 냐고 cannot be attached directly to the question word. Examples are What (is) your name?How much (is) is the tissue?, and Who (are) you? The enclosed verbs are all be verb. For example, I am a  policeman and I am asking someone what his name is for investigation. In Korean, that is 이름이 뭐예요? He refuses to answer and keeps his mouth shut so I repeat the question and say I asked what your name is. The be verb in the original question is removed (이름이 뭐) and 냐고(요) is attached directly to the question word. The actual sentence is 이름이 뭐냐고요?

휴지 얼마냐고요?
I am asking how much the tissue is.

누구냐고요?
I am asking who you are.

금사빠(가) 뭐냐고?
I am asking what the term 'keumsappa' means. (It is a term used to call someone who easily falls in love)