Korean Grammar Int. ~ㄹ/을 리가 없다 (it can’t be)

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ㄹ/을 리가 없다 (it can’t be)


This “ㄹ/을 리가 없다 is used to express a disbelief in something that is possible. Hence translated in the English as follows. “it cannot be””that is impossible””there is no reason for that”. 


 When this grammar is used in a declarative form, it’s used in the negative form.
When it is used in an interrogative (question) form, it’s used in the affirmative form.


Example of ㄹ/을 리가 없다 (it can’t be):

  • 사실일 리가 없다 “cannot be true”
  • 있을 리가 없다 “there can’t be”
  • 그럴 리가 없는데…”That cannot be possible…”
  • 팀이 안 올 리가 없어! “There is no reason for him to not come!”
  • 늦을 리가 없다 “There is no reason for delay”
  • 당신이 아주 큰 그 남자를 놓칠 리가 없다. “You cant miss that man who is as big as a barn door”


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