Location Particles



Compare English location particles to Korean's

I will shorten Location Particle to 'L.P'.
You might be wondering what location particles are..
In English, you may use 'at', 'in', 'on' and etc.

In Korean, the main ones are '에', '에서' and '로/으로'.
Here are the equivalent meanings in English.

L.P English Meaning
to, in, on
에서 in, at, from
로(v) / 으로(c) towards




Examples in phrases

Korean Direct Translation Indirect Translation
저는 학교 가요. I-s.p school+l.p go. I go to school.
저는 집에서 숙제를 해요. I+s.p home+l.p homework+o.p do. I do homework at home.
저는 커피숍에서 차를 마셔요. I+s.p coffee shop+l.p tea+o.p drink. I drink tea at a coffee shop.
저는 한국에서 옷를 샀어요. I+s.p korea+l.p clothes+o.p bought. I bought clothes from/in Korea.
저는 버스 정류장으로 달려 가요. I+s.p bus stop+l.p run. I run towards the bus stop.




What is the difference between 에 and 에서?


'' particle,


1. Moving action TO a location

It's used for verbs that have moving actions 'to' another place, such as 'to go' or 'to come'.

2. Placing verbs

It's used for verbs that you place an object on somewhere such as 'to put', or 'to place'.

3. Existence verbs

It's used for verbs that ou make general statements such as 'to live' or 'to exist'.



'에서' particle,

1. Moving action FROM a location

It's used for verbs that have moving actions 'from' one place to another, such as 'to go' or 'to come'.

2. Taking action at/in a location

It's used for verbs like doing the actions 'at/in' the locations.
They can be number of verbs such as 'to study', 'to cook', 'to eat' etc..