Learn Korean: 걸리다 VS 들다

The verbs 걸리다 and 들다 take more than one meaning depending on the context. 걸리다 can mean 'to be hung' or 'to get sick' and 들다 can mean 'to get into' or 'to pick up'. Aside from that, they carry another meaning which is common to both of them and that is used to express how much time or money is involved in doing an action. In English, we say something like it takes or costs… to do something.

We use 걸리다 when expressing how much time is required and 들다 when expressing how much money is required. To complete the pattern, we attach them to –  in the case of verbs and –// 지는데 in the case of adjectives. Let’s take a look at the formation and some sample sentences.


끝나() + - 끝나는 
마시() + - 마시는 


예쁘() + -지는데예뻐지는데
강하() + -지는데강해지는데


여기 오는  차로  시간만 걸렸어.
It took me only an hour to get here by car.

 지갑 찾는  오래 걸렸어.
It took me ages to find my wallet.

한국말 배우는  10년이 걸렸어요.
It took me 10 years to learn Korean.

대학교를 졸업하는  7년이 걸렸어.
It took me seven years to graduate from college.

내가  책을 읽는  하루가 걸렸어.
It took me one day to read this book.


머리를 자르는  이발소에서 2000 들어.
It costs 2 dollars to get a haircut at the barber shop.

 비행기표를 사는  100달러가 들었어요.
It cost 100 dollars to buy this ticket.

몸매가 예뻐지는   진짜 많이 들어.
It costs much to achieve a beautiful body.

지프니 타는  보통 8페소가 들어.
It costs eight pesos to ride a jeepney.

서울에서 사는  생각보다  많이 들어요.
It takes a lot of money to live in Seoul… much more than you thought.

In case you wonder how to form questions, all you need to do is place 얼마나 before 걸리다 and 들다.

하노이에서 부산까지 비행기로 얼마나 결려요?
How long does it take to get from Hanoi to Busan by plane?

여러분 나라에서 대학에 가는  얼마나 들어요?
How much does it cost to go to college in your country?