Suggestions and Asking for Opinions: -(으)시겠어요
Time to cover another piece of important grammar. Time to cover how you can politely suggest something using a rather simple Korean grammar pattern. That pattern is -(으)시겠어요. It is a rather straightforward grammar topic so let’s give it a look.
Would you -(으)시겠어요
The expression -(으)시겠어요 is a polite way to make a suggestion to someone. But, you can also use it to ask about what someone’s preference or intention is. In a way it is a rather versatile Korean grammar topic. If you were to translate it to English, you could say “Would you mind”, “Would you like to” or even “Why not…?” Let’s look at an example:
Example: 커피에 우유를 조금 넣으시겠어요?
Translation: Would you like milk in your coffee?
How To Use
Using the pattern -(으)시겠어요 not overly complicated. First you need to know that this pattern can only be used with verbs. After that, you just need to know its conjugation rules. The rules are as following:
- If the verb ends in a vowel, you use -시겠어요.
- If the verb ends in consonant, you use -으시겠어요.
Of course, keep in mind the Korean irregular verbs. Some of them, like the ㅅirregular verbs, don’t play well with this pattern.
Some of you may remember the pattern -어/아 주시겠어요, which is the polite and considerate version of -어/아 주세요. As you notice now, it is based on this pattern which is why it expresses a greater sense of consideration and is thus more polite.
As mentioned this is a polite version of making a suggestion. The grammar expression -(으)ㄹ래요 has the same meaning, but is less formal and polite and thus used often among friends and family.