The advanced grammar form ~는 둥 마는 둥 can be used to show that someone half-heartedly does something, or barely does it, or doesn't do it properly. But there's a deeper meaning to the form which comes from its pieces - mainly the particle 둥. If you learn how to use 둥, this form is quite easy to understand and use in any situation. We also covered how to use ~을/ㄹ 둥 말 둥, which uses this same 둥 particle but in a different way.
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