Sometimes you need to say regardless your efforts, regardless whatever you are, you simply cannot achieve something. In Korean something like that is easily said with the Korean grammar topic -아/어도. This rather easy grammar expression, is something quite useful to know. Let’s take a gander.

Even If -아/어도

Sometimes regardless what you do, you simply cannot achieve something. You can express that inability to achieve something regardless the action with the Korean grammar topic -아/어도. This expression you can translate into English as “Even if” or “regardless whether”. It is a rather easy verb ending to use. Let’s take a look.

Example: 텔레비전 음량을 높여도 나는 잘 못 들어요.

Translation: Even if I turn the television volume up, I can’t hear it well.

How To Use

Using the conditional expression -아/어도 isn’t that hard, even if its conjugation is different from the previous conditional expressions -(으)면 and -(으)려면. Unlike the latter two expressions, this expression adheres to the “아/어” Korean conjugation rule. The rules are pretty simple, but let’s go over them quickly:

  1. If the verb stem contains either ㅏ or ㅗ, you attach -아도.
  2. If not, you simply use -어오.
  3. For 하다 verbs, however, it should be -해도.

Like always for this type of conjugation you will need to pay attention to the Korean irregular verbs, such as the ㅅ irregular verbs.

If you want to particularly emphasise the futility of the action, you can use the adverb 아무리 which creating the meaning ‘no matter how (much)’.

Condition And Supposition: -아/어도
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An overview on the expression -아/어도.