없었어요

Julian-B

Is the the past tense of 없다 없어서 or 없었어? Because in Lesson Have you eaten part 2 they spelt it like 없어서.

sujung-lee

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

Julian-B

감사합니다. 또 실문 하나 있어요. Is there a difference in pronouncing 없어서and 없었어

sujung-lee

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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