Many Ways to Say FOR in Korean


One of the English words that seem spoken in several ways in Korean is for. In grammar books, it is common to encounter particles or words that represent a certain word in English, but it leads us to a lot of questions whether it can also be used this way or that way. I have featured a noun and a verb in our previous many-ways-to-say series, so I guess it's about time to tackle another part of speech which is the preposition.

First, we use for to indicate time or duration as in...

I will stay in Vietnam for five days. 
저는 베트남에서 5 동안 머무를 거예요.

I've been working in this company for seven years.
저는  회사에서 7 동안 일하고 있어요.

I slept for 12 hours last weekend. 
저는 지난 주말에 12 시간 동안 잤어요.

Second, we use for to express that something is for the benefit of as in...


I will look for a lawyer for you.
나는  위해 변호사를 찾아볼게.

I am working hard for my family. 
저는 가족을 위해 열심히 일해요.

Exercise at least one hour a day for your health. 
건강을 위해 최소한  시간 이상 운동하세요.

Third, we use for to express why we are thankful and sorry...

Thank you for helping me. 
나를 도와 줘서 고마워.

Thank you for donating $1,000.
1,000달러를 기부해 줘서 고마워요.

I’m sorry for not doing my homework. 
숙제를  하지 않아서 미안해요.

I am sorry for coming late.
늦게 와서 미안해요.


As you may notice, we use the following pattern to represent for in Korean- 동안 to indicate time and duration, / 위해() to express for the benefit of, and // 주서 to express gratitude and regret. For intermediate learners, these patterns might not be new to you, but there are a few more ways to express for in Korean. This one is intended for our fellow learners who are new to the world of Korean language.