Spacing in Written Korean

2010/06/04 Lapinski Korean

Unlike Chinese and Japanese, spacing is required in written Korean to reduce ambiguity.

  1. Do not insert space before particles. Instead, insert space after the particles.
  2. Do not insert space before verb to be 이다.
  3. Insert space between the main verb and the verb used to alter this main verb (called auxiliary verb), e.g. make is an auxiliary verb in the phrase make believe.
  4. Insert space between numbers and counters.
  5. Insert space after possessive pronouns and alike (e.g. my, your, that, etc).

Notice that compound nouns indicating a single concept may or may not have spaces in between. In general, the spacing rules are not very rigid because the main purpose of spacing is to reduce ambiguity, and as long as there is no ambiguity, for instance, the space between numbers and counters may be omitted.

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