-아도 / -어도 – even if

What it means:

This ending can be attached to verbs or adjective that appear in the first clause of a sentence that has two clauses. The meaning is “even if clause 1 happens, clause 2 will happen.”

You will also see -아도 되다 / -어도 되다 out in the wild. This is a separate grammatical principle that I’ll dig into in a different lesson.

How to attach it:

Read about it here.

Examples:

Moon:
두 눈을 감아도 넌 파랗게 내게 밀려와 ~ “Even though I close my eyes, you wash over me in blue.”
Original verb: 감다 – to close (one’s eyes)

We are Bulletproof: the Eternal:
또 겨울이 와도 누가 날 막아도 걸어가 ~ “Even if winter comes again and someone tries to stop me, I walk on.”
Original verb: 막다 – to obstruct, to block

낙원 (Paradise):
꿈이 없어도 괜찮아. ~ “Even if you don’t have a dream, it’s okay.”
Original verb: 없다 – to not be found, not exist

MIC Drop:
지금 죽어도 난 개행복 ~ “Even if I die now I’m damn happy.”
Original verb: 죽다 – to die


아도 / 어도 even if, even though