Thanks to… (cause and positive effect): 덕분에

A/V + ㄴ 덕분에/ N + 덕분에 is the opposite of A/V + ㄴ 탓에, and is used to show the positive effect of an action or state. It roughly translates to ‘thanks to A/V/N… that (positive thing) happened…’:

복권에 당첨된 덕분에 빚을 다 갚을 수 있었어요.
Because I won the lottery I was able to pay off all of my debts.

장학 덕분에 좋은 외국 대학를 다녔어요.
I was able to study at a good foreign university thanks to a scholarship.

열심히 공부를 한 덕분에 TOPIK 시험에 합격했어요.
I passed my TOPIK exam because I studied hard.

늦은 생활비  덕분에 한국에서 돈을 많이 저출했어요.
Because of the low cost of living, I was able to save a lot of money in Korea.

한 한국 친구 덕분에 한국 생활에 쉽게 적응할 수 있었어요.
Thanks to my kind Korean friend I was able to adjust to Korean life easily.

한자를 공부한 덕분에 샹하이에는 길 잃었을 때 중국어 표지들을 이해하고 호텔을 찾을 수 있었어요.
Because I studied Hanja, when we got lost in Shanghai I was able to understand some of the Chinese signs and find our hotel.





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