Mar 9, 2022
Grammar -은/는 편이다
-은/는 편이다 Is used when some fact is close to or on a certain side instead of talking about it as definite. Therefore you can say "민수 씨는 큰 편이에요." If you think Minsu is tall. It means "minsu is in on the tall side" or "minsu is quite tall".
📝 Restrictions on use -은/는 편이다 is not used when some situation or fact is clear and definite to everyone. 그 사람은 한국 사람이니까 당연히 한국어를 잘하는 편이에요 ❌ Because that person is Korean so definitely he/she speaks Korean quite well. 그 사람은 한국 사람이니까 당연히 한국어를 잘해요 ✅ Because that person is Korean so she/he definitely speaks Korean well.
📝NOTE 1📝 WHEN -은/는 편이다 is used with a verb, an adverb like '자주, 많이, 잘' must be used ➡️ 나는 매운 음식을 '잘' 먹는 편이다. I eat spicy food quite well. 📝NOTE 2📝 Both -은/는 편이었다 and -은 편이다 can be used when expressing something in the past. ✨-은/는 편이었다 is used when explaining a general situation in the past ➡️ 어렸을 때 나는 키가 작은 편이었다. When i was little my height was on the small side/quite small. ➡️ 고등학교 때 나는 공부를 잘하는 편이었다. When i was in high school i studied quite well. ✨ -은 편이다 is used when explaining some event completed at a point in the past. A: 어제 시험 잘 봤어? How was your exam yesterday? B: 잘 본 편이야. 별로 어렵지 않았어. I did quite well. It wasn't difficult.