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Julian-B September 5, 2011, 2:15 am
Is the the past tense of 없다 없어서 or 없었어? Because in Lesson Have you eaten part 2 they spelt it like 없어서.
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sujung-lee September 7, 2011, 3:40 am
Hi Julian

The past tense of 없다 is 없었어. In the lesson 1.4 Have You Eaten (part 2) the phrase "시간이 없어서요" can be translated to "Because I didn't have" so the "서" in "없어서" is a particle meaning "because" instead of a past tense.

I hope that makes sense!

- Sujung
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Julian-B September 7, 2011, 11:44 am
감사합니다. 또 실문 하나 있어요. Is there a difference in pronouncing 없어서and 없었어
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sujung-lee October 17, 2011, 2:49 am
Hi Julian

Sorry for the late reply! Yes, there is a pronunciation difference -

없어서 would be pronounced with softer 's' sounds (ob-so-so)

없었어 is pronounced with a harsher 's' sound on the second 's' (ob-sosso)

Hope that helps!

- Sujung
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