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15 October 2006 @ 09:33 pm
합니다  
I'm new to Korean, and while learning some of the basic vocabulary, I noticed 합니다 was at the end of many words. So, I have a few questions...

1. Is 합니다 always necessary or does it just add formality?

and

2. Does 합니다 have a meaning of its own?
 
 
기분 (Mood): contemplativecontemplative
 
 
 
nothxk0dama on October 16th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
...although it usually doesn't have any meaning...
합니다 is a polite form of 하다 (to do), but it's a word that can be tacked on a lot of other words.

For example...
세수 (washing one's face)
세수하다 (to wash one's face)
세수합니다 (We/I am washing our/my face)

이사 (moving -- like moving to a different house.)
이사하다 (to move)
이사합니다 (We/I'm moving)

샤워 (shower)
샤워하다 (to shower)
샤워합니다 ([sbuject] is showering.)
sockmonkeyjoe on October 16th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
No 세수헤요? Or similar?
mezza: 같이 하자mezza on October 16th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
You mean 세수해요?

It would take quite some time to list all of the possible forms and explain when and how to use them. I think she's just using the -ㅂ니다 form because the original poster questioned it. ^^ But yes, 세수해요 and others are quite possible.