The Korean Writing SystemSyllablesNounsPredicatesFormal and Informal SpeechPre-Final and Final EndingsSpeech LevelAdding ㅓ or ㅏ to a predicate stemAdding 으 to predicates stemsThe Deferential Speech LevelThe Intimate Speech LevelThe Polite Speech LevelThe Plain Speech LevelIrregular PredicatesThe Subject Particle 가 and 이The object particle 를 and 을The Topic Particle 는 and 은Forming a Sentence이다 and 아니다있다 and 없다NegationPast TensePredicates as ModifiersDeterminersBound NounsDesireNumbersCountersQuestionsThe Particle 에


Counters are used to express quantities for certain types of objects. Associated with each type of object is the name for that type of object when counting them. Some counters are exclusively used with Sino-Korean numbers.  Some counters are used exclusively with Korean numbers when the number of objects is less than or equal to 20. Usually, if the number exceends 20, then a Sino-Korean number may be used. We give examples of each below.
Certain numbers are modified when used with a counter.
Numberwith counter하나스물스무
When counting objects the format is written [noun] + [number] + [counter] or [noun] + [number].
2 bottles of soju
20 years
In formal cases, the format is [number] + [counter]의 + [noun].
8 pieces of music
Below we show examples of common counters.
24 months
5 people
1 turtle
135 floors
10 computers