A/V+(으)ㄹ 까 봐(서) ~ For fear that A/V, in the case that A/V

An interesting piece of grammar, by adding (으)ㄹ 까 봐(서) to a verb or adjective stem, we say ‘For fear that A/V’ or ‘In the case that A/V’. Often the (서) is left out when speaking.

Examples

시험이 어려울까 봐 공부를 열심히 했어요.
I feared the test would be difficult, so I studied hard.

수업에 늦을까봐 일찍 일어났어요.
In the fear I would be late to case I got up early.

비가 올까 봐서 우산을 가지고 왔어요.
I brought an umbrella in case it rains.

For further explanation and examples, check out this clip from Let’s Speak Korean:

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