Really? No way! : 기는(요)

A/V + 기는(요) is used to emphatically disagree with a previous statement:

– 이 책을 다 읽었어요?
– Have you finished reading the book?
끝나기는요? 책을 읽는 것을 시작하지 않았어요!
– Finished? I haven’t started reading it!

– 지금 너무 춥죠?
– It’s really cold now, right?
춥기는요. 다음 달에 기온이 더 낮아질 거예요.
– Cold?! Next month the temperature will get lower.

A/V + 기는(요) can also show modesty in accepting a compliment :

– 한국말을 잘하시네요.
– You speak Korean really well.
잘하기는요. 아직도 실수를 많이 해요.
– Well? I still make lots of mistakes.

옷을 잘 입어요.
– You dress very well.
잘 입기는요.
– Dress well? Oh not at all… (blushing)

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