-(아/어/여)도 되다. Asking Permission with
August 21, 2009 by tailieutienghan
When you want to ask for permission from another person or want to know if it is alright/okay to do or not to do something, you use this expression.
-도 되다 (–(a/eo/yeo)do doeda) is a grammatical structure that means “it is okay to….” The main verb of this structure, 되다 (doeda) originally means “to become,” but it also means “for things to work out smoothly” or “to be alright.” The verb ending, -(아/어/여)도 (–(a/eo/yeo)do) expresses the meaning of “even if.” So the entire structure literally means “it is okay even if….”
1. 이거 봐도 돼요? – “Can I have a look at this?”
2. 내일도 와도 돼요? – “Can I come tomorrow, too?”
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