The Most Blessed Verb “하다 [hada]”

The Most Blessed Verb “하다 [hada]”


Many action verbs and descriptive verbs (=adjectives) in Korean are actually just nouns connected to the verb “하다. [hada]” For example, the verb 준비하다 [junbihada] (to prepare) is literally preparation + do = do preparation.

According to 표준국어대사전, which is the Korean standard dictionary by National Institute of the Korean Language,  57% of the Korean verbs contain the verb form “하다.”

하다 verb

In addition, most of the brand new words are comprised of noun and “하다.” Recently, there have been a lot of words containing English words as below.

하다 verb2It is also important for you guys to realize that ‘하다’ can be removed from words in order to create nouns.

하다 verb3

I know it is confusing to English speakers. So, let me give you simple tips!

First, if you couldn’t come up with a Korean verb you would want to use, you would just say an English noun followed by 하다. I’m pretty sure a Korean native understood what you meant.

Second, what I always recommend for Korean learners is that when you want to know a certain word, just get on Google and search to see if there’s a corresponding 하다 verb that goes with it. You get both noun and verb in one!


Reference :

  1. 유혜원. 중립동사 “명사-하다”에 대한 연구 – “명사-되다”, “명사-시키다” 형과의 비교를 중심으로 = The study on middle verb “Noun-hada” construction. 한국어학회. 2012;vol. 57:pp.271-298.
  2. 국립국어원 표준국어대사전. 2015. Available at: Accessed August 28, 2015.
  3. 조지은. 한국어 속에 숨어 있는 영어 단어 이야기. 서울: 박이정; 2014.