Korean Grammar Dictionary

-ㄹ 리(가) 없다 【그들을 위하여 열려질 리 없었다 [ edit | delete | edit examples ]
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Prospective modifier -(으)ㄹ+ postmodifier 리(가) + 있다 ~ 없다 means there is no reasonable expectation that ...; there is absolutely no reason to suppose that ... Literally, the pattern means either there exists no good reason to do/be, but it comes to mean there is/isn't a reasonable expectation that something will happen (Note that when this pattern contains 있다, it is usually in the form of a rhetorical question.)

그들을 위하여 열려질 리 없었다 (고향 4)
There was absolutely no good reason that [the rich fields there] would magically open up for them.

그런 설명이 먹혀들 리 없었다 (과객 4)
There was no reason to expect that he would buy into that explanation.

빈집에서 저절로 불이 날 리가 없는 것이다 (불 16)
There was no reason to believe that this fire had spontaneously broken out in an empty house.

그럴 리도 없겠지만 (빙하기 )
There is no reason to believe that [the two of them ...]; or, There is no likelihood...

제대로 될 리가 없지 않소? (아버지 )
There is no reason for [things] to not go smoothly, is there?

화려할 리는 없으나 (춘향뎐 )
There was no reason that it should be splendid but ...

곡조를 알 리 없건만 (아담 6)
Though there was no way for him to know the tunes ...

감히 잡아먹을 리가 없지 않은가 (옥토끼 )
Is it not the case that there is reason to suspect she would have dared to eat it?

다른 사람 일기장이 그녀의 화장대 위에 놓여 있을 리가 없다. (빈처)
There was no reason for somebody else's diary to be lying on her dressing table.

그 따위 술기운이 내 꼴을 내가 보는 자괴감을 마비시켜 줄 리는 없었다. (빈처)
There was no way such an insignificant amount of alcohol could paralyze my sense of shame or me in my wretched state.

누나가 그것들을 알 리가 없었다. (우주여)
There was no way for his big sister to know [of his lofty thoughts].