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Addressing a large audience of (close) friends: Casual or formal or both?

June 2013

One thing that I always wondered about for grammar points like -을래(요) is: If you speak casually to multiple / many of your friends (not only to one), can you still use such a grammar point? And / or could you combine it with 습니다 (존댓말)?

Example: Posting a status update on facebook or KakaoStory means that I address a large audience, which would normally mean 존댓말. But as they're all friends and roughly my age (let's just assume that), that speaks against 존댓말 ! So what to do?


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