I like doing - 하는게 좋다, 하는걸 좋아한다

I like doing - 하는게 좋다

하는게 좋다 is a contracted form of 하는 것이 좋다 (것이 → 게)
하는 것 means "doing" and if you remember, "가/이" is an identifier particle. I'd also like to call it a specificity particle.

For example,

  • 점심에는 샌드위치 먹는 것이 좋다 = I like eating a sandwich at lunch (among a variety of things to eat at lunch, a sandwich is my choice)
  • 시골에서 사는게 좋다 = I like living in the country (Although I could live in the city or urban area, I like living in the country)
좋다 means two things
  • 1. I like
  • 2. It's good
Usually, its meaning is "I like doing" in spoken Korean. In written Korean, "하는게 좋다" is more likely to mean "it's good to do something." However, the meaning depends on the context.

하는게 좋다
하지 않는게 좋다
안하는게 좋다
하는게 좋아
안하는게 좋아

하는게 좋습니다
하지 않는게 좋습니다
안하는게 좋습니다
하는게 좋아요
하지 않는게 좋아요
안하는게 좋아요

Note: The words in bold are the more commonly used alternatives of the two in each box.

1. Take 다 off a plain form of verbs and then attach 는게 좋다
2. If a verb has a final consonant of ㄹ, it is omitted.
  • 하다 → 하는게 좋다 = I like doing, it's good to do
  • 먹다 → 먹는게 좋다 = I like eating, it's good to eat
  • 보다 → 보는게 좋다 = I like watching, it's good to watch
  • 듣다 → 듣는게 좋다 = I like listening, it's good to listen
  • 걷다 → 걷는게 좋다 = I like walking, it's good to walk
  • 쓰다 → 쓰는게 좋다 = I like writing, it's good to write
  • 읽다 → 읽는게 좋다 = I like reading, it's good to read
  • 만들다 → 만드는게 좋다 = I like making, it's good to make
  • 살다 → 사는게 좋다 = I like living, it's good to live
  • 말다 → 마는게 좋다 = I like wrapping, it's good to wrap
Example sentences 
  • 운동하는게 좋다 = I like exercising. It's good to exercise.
  • 휴일에는 바닷가에 가는게 좋다 = I like going to the beach at weekends. It's good to go to the beach at weekends.
  • 금요일밤에는 피자 먹는게 좋다 = On a Friday night, I like eating pizza. On a Friday night, it's good to eat pizza.
  • 심심할땐 영화보는게 좋아 = When I'm bored, I like watching movies. When you're bored, it's good to watch movies.

I like doing - 하는걸 좋아한다

하는걸 is a contracted form of 하는것을 and 을 is an object particle.
하는걸 좋아한다 just means "I like doing"

하는걸 좋아한다
하는걸 좋아하지 않는다
하는걸 안좋아한다
하는걸 좋아해
하는걸 좋아하지 않아
하는걸 안좋아해

하는것을 좋아합니다
하는것을 좋아하지 않습니다
하는걸 안좋아합니다
하는걸 좋아해요
하는걸 좋아하지 않아요
하는걸 안좋아해요

Note: 걸 is a contracted form of 것을.

Rules are the same as above.
  • 하다 → 하는걸 좋아한다 = I like doing
  • 먹다 → 먹는걸 좋아한다 = I like eating
  • 보다 → 보는걸 좋아한다 = I like watching
  • 듣다 → 듣는걸 좋아한다 = I like listening
  • 걷다 → 걷는걸 좋아한다 = I like walking
  • 쓰다 → 쓰는걸 좋아한다 = I like writing
  • 읽다 → 읽는걸 좋아한다 = I like reading
  • 만들다 → 만드는걸 좋아한다 = I like making
  • 살다 → 사는게 좋아한다 = I like living
  • 말다 → 마는게 좋아한다 = I like wrapping
Example sentences
  • 운동하는것을 좋아하지 않는다 = I don't like exercising.
  • 휴일에는 바닷가에 가는걸 좋아한다 = I like going to the beach at weekends.
  • 금요일밤에는 피자 먹는걸 좋아합니다 = On a Friday night, I like eating pizza.
  • 심심할땐 영화보는걸 좋아해요 = When I'm bored, I like watching movies.


  1. This is really nice, especially with the audio. Thanks alot!

  2. this site is really great!!especially the audio it can help me to improve my pronunciation skill.thanks alot!!!

  3. thanks a lot for your lessons!
    it help me a lot to learn ^^

  4. Thank for your grammar explanation. However, I still wonder the meaning of 하지 않는게 좋다. Is it that it's good not to do something? Is there the negative form as "하는게 좋지 않다"?

  5. Yes, 하지 않는게 좋다 means 'it's good not to do something'. Exactly.

    하는게 좋지 않다 is also used and it means 'it's not good to do something.

    For example,
    TV는 가까이서 보지 않는게 좋다 = It is good not to watch TV close up.

    유통기한이 지난 음식은 먹지 않는게 좋다 = It is good not to eat 'expired' food.

    TV는 가까이서 보는게 좋지 않다 and 유통기한이 지난 음식은 먹는게 좋지 않다 are also possible and their meanings are very similar to the examples above but it's more common to use '하지 않는게 좋다.'

  6. I still have trouble deciding when to use -기 and -는것

    I think this is sentence is OK, as Ive said it to my teacher many times: 한국말로 말하기 힘들어요.

    Can you replace 말하기 with 말하는것? Im not sure in what situations I should use one or the other.

  7. Hi,

    Can you explain me the difference in using 하는게 좋다 and 하는걸 좋아한다 ? If both mean " I like doing", I don't really know when "doing something" can be consider as an identifier particule or as an object one. Your example are both similar so in my mind it's a bit messy.

    Can you help me ?

    Thanks !

  8. Hi Little Dee,

    Here's my explanation for the difference between 하는게 좋다 and 하는걸 좋아한다.

    There is not much difference but it seems that 하는게 좋다 is more commonly used when talking informally, and 하는걸 좋아한다 when talking politely.

    For example,
    I like watching movies
    나는 영화 보는게 좋아 (Informal)
    저는 영화 보는걸 좋아해요 (Polite)

    저는 영화 보는게 좋아요 (Polite)
    나는 영화 보는걸 좋아해 (Informal)
    are also possible.

    I'd say you can use either of them. But if you had to choose one, go with 하는게 좋다.

    But still I can't see much difference between the two.

  9. Thank you for your explanation !

  10. Hello!
    I have such question,could you answer, please?For example,if I have the word '생각하는건' so its meaning will be 'thinking',right?So the part '건' is also some contraction like from '것은',or no?
    Thank you ~

  11. Hi Nia_An!

    Yes, 건 is a contracted form of 것은.

    생각하는건 means "Thinking is.."

    You're welcome! :)

  12. This site is awesome!!!! I am making flash cards. Btw, where is the audio? I don't see it. The written form, is it for writing?

  13. Hi,

    This may not be the right section to ask. Would you be able to help me out with this grammar rule, it'd be greatly appreciated. I could not find an answer or understand why 건 is used in these 3 sentences.

    저는 운동을 하는 건 별로 안 좋아해요. I don't like exercising myself.
    그런데 보는 건 좋아해요. But I like watching sports.
    그렇지만 모든 운동을 좋아하는 건 아니고, 축구만 좋아해요. However, I don't like all sports, I only like Soccer.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  14. I didn't understand
    Please explain 건, 걸 different


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