Now let’s discuss the odd duckling of the Korean irregular verb groups, the 르 irregular verb. This is the odd one among all irregular verbs as it is not named after a single letter, but after a syllable. However, while it might be different with its syllable thing, the rules for it remain simple. Let’s go take a look at the 르 irregular verb.

Why Not Have All The ㄹ In The World

You might starting because this is the odd duckling among the irregular verbs, it will be the most difficult one. That isn’t the case. In fact it is a pretty easy verb group. It’s main rule is quite similar to the ㅡ irregular verb group. When a verb ending starting with either 아 or 어 is used, the ㅡ of 르 is omitted. The existing ㄹ becomes part of the syllable prior to the defunct 르 syllable. And, the next syllable starts with a new ㄹ, forming a ㄹㄹ.

Of course, like with the the ㅡ irregular verb group it is important to look at the syllable prior to the 르 one to know whether to use 아 or 어.

It sounds more complicated than it really is so a visual aid will help:

Example: 빠르다 = 빠르+ 아요 = 빨 + 라요 = 빨라요.

Let’s Study Together

That was probably the shortest explanation I had to give on a Korean irregular verb so far. That just goes to show how easy the 르 irregular verbs really are. While they are easy, they are also necessary if you want to attain any fluency in Korean. So let us take a look at a few of those verbs, shall we?

  • 빠르다 – To be fast
  • 서투르다 – To be poor at; To be clumsy
  • 자르다 – To cut
  • 누르다 – To press; To push
  • 모르다 – To not know
  • 마르다 – To be dry; To be thirsty; To lose weight
  • 부르다 – To call; To sing
  • 기르다 – To grow; To raise
  • 다르다 – To be different

Those are but a few, there are many more 르 irregular verbs out there. Will you catch them all? If you know any other 르 irregular verb you think ought to be part of this roster, please let us know in the comments, via social media or Korean Study Group Facebook group. That way we can update our verb lists and you’ll help others at the same time!

르 Irregular Verbs Summary
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A short summary on the 르 irregular verb