In this lesson, you will learn about 그래서. In a previous lesson, we covered 그리고 and ~고 and how these words mean ‘and’ or ‘and then’ and can be used to link two sentences or 2 clauses in the same sentence. 그래서 means ‘so’ or ‘therefore’ in Korean and is also used to link two sentences together.
그래서 means ‘so’ or ‘therefore’ in Korean. It is used to connect two sentences when the preceding sentence is the reason or cause of the following sentence. Let’s look at an example.
오늘 날씨가 더워요. = Today, the weather is hot.
해수욕장에 가고 싶어요. = I want to go to the beach.
오늘 날씨가 더워요. 그래서 해수욕장에 가고 싶어요. = Today, the weather is hot. So, I want to go to the beach.
As you can see in this example, the two sentences are linked together with 그래서. By linking the sentences with 그래서, you are showing that the preceding sentence is the reason or cause of the second sentence. So in this example, the reason the speaker wants to go to the beach is that the weather is hot.
그래서 Example Sentences
Here are some example sentences using 그래서 to link to sentences together to show that the preceding sentence is the cause or reason for the second sentence.
오늘 아침에 바빴어요. 그래서 아침을 못 먹었어요.
= I was busy this morning. So, I couldn’t eat breakfast.
아이스크림을 많이 먹었어요. 그래서 배가 아파요.
= I ate a lot of ice cream. So, my stomach hurts.
지금 돈이 없어요. 그래서 여행을 못 가요.
= I don’t have any money now. So, I can’t go on holiday.
제 차가 고장 났어요. 그래서 오늘 버스를 탔어요.
= My car broke down. So, I rode the bus today.
마이클 씨는 한국어를 잘해요. 그래서 한국 친구가 많아요. =
Michael is good at Korean. So, he has many Korean friends.
저는 커피를 좋아해요. 그래서 매일 아침에 커피를 마셔요. =
I like coffee. So, I drink coffee every morning.