(하마터면) A.V. + ㄹ/을 뻔하다
|=> "almost," "nearly," "a close call"|
When used with 하마터면, this construction intensifies the near occurrence of an event that could have happened.
못 알아볼 뻔했다.
=> I almost didn't recognize you.
교차로에서 사고가 날 뻔했다.
=> I nearly had an accident at the crossroads.
하마터면 비행기를 놓칠 뻔했다.
=> I almost missed the airplane.
차 사고가 나서 하마터면 죽을 뻔했다.
=> I almost died because of the car accident.