Korean Language Bank: -도
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A basic Korean particle you will learn early is the particle -도. But, while it is a basic particle to know, it does not mean it is a simple one to use. Korean language learners oftentimes struggle at first using this particle correctly. However, it is not too difficult once you get the hang of it.

The particle -도 expresses that the object or person in the sentence has the same thing happen to it or does the same thing as an object or person mentioned in an earlier sentence. It is similar to the English ‘too’ and ‘also’ on the level of an individual word. The listing form -고 or the connective adverb 그리고 are often used along with the particle -도. However, you don’t have to necessarily use those forms.

An example:

가: 저녁에 무엇을 먹을 거예요?

나: 저녁에 저는 비빔밥을 먹을 거예요. 그리고 그 다음에 아이스크림도 먹을 거예요.

A: What are you going to eat in the evening?

B: In the evening, I’m going to eat bibimbap. And then I’ll have ice cream, too.

How To Use

Simply attaching the particle -도 to nouns is not challenging at all. You simply need to write it behind the noun and you are done since this particle follows the ‘no rule’ Korean grammar rule. However, there are a few other important rules to keep in mind.

Using the particle -도 is a bit more complex as you use it along with other particles. When it comes to the particles -은/는, -이/가 and -을/를, you omit them and replace them with -도. However, it is also possible to use it with other particles, like -에, -에서 and -에게. In that case, you have to add -도 after the other particle. Keep this in mind when using it in a sentence.

Korean Language Bank Overview: -도
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Korean Language Bank Overview: -도
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