Korean Grammar Dictionary

-었던 【냄새를 씻어 낼 수 있다고 믿었던 것일까. 】 [ edit | delete | edit examples ]
Modifier (Modifier)
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-었던, I.e., the retrospective modifier -던 on a past base. By itself, the -던 means ... that has been observed to (be or do); ... that has been doing, ... that used to do; ... that was, ... that used to be. Combined with the past base, the sense is of more complete-and-done and/or more remote in the past.
on processive verbs
냄새를 씻어 낼 수 있다고 믿었던 것일까. (나무꾼)
Was it perhaps the case that he had believed it could wash away the smell?

낚시 도구를 챙기느라 분주했던 남편 (나무꾼)
her husband, who had been busy preparing the fishing tackle

지금까지 함께 잤던 몇몇 여자아이들 (우주여)
the few girls he had slept with thus far

끝이 좋았던 기억이 하나도 없다. (우주여)
He had not a single memory of anything turning out well.

지수가 잃어버렸던 것과는 달라 보였다. (나무꾼)
It looked different from the one that Chisu had lost.

옆자리에 있는 것조차 잊어버렸던 남자가 말했다. (나무꾼)
… said the man beside her, about whom she had forgotten completely.

"십칠세기말까지 인도양 모리티우스섬에 살았던 새다 …" (우주여)
“It's a bird that used to live on the island of Mauritius until the end of the 17th century ...”
on copula
그 아버지의 딸이었던 날들 (나무꾼)
the days when she was her father's little girl