Level 8 Korean Grammar

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Advanced Idiomatic Expressions / 눈 (eye) – Part 1

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Advanced Idiomatic Expressions / 눈 (eye) – Part 2

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Right after + V-ing / -기가 무섭게, -기가 바쁘게

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N + that (someone) used to + V / -던

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Advanced Situational Expressions: Refusing in Korean

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It means … / -(ㄴ/는)다는 뜻이에요

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Word Builder 15 / 점 (點)

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I hope …, I wish … / -(으)면 좋겠어요

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Past Tense (Various Types) / 과거시제 총정리

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Advanced Idiomatic Expressions – 귀 (ear)

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Sentence Building Drill 12

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Present Tense (Various Types) / 현재시제 총정리

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Word Builder 16 / 주 (主)

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Advanced Situational Expressions: Agreeing

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Future Tense (Various Types) / 미래시제 총정리

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Advanced Idiomatic Expressions – 가슴 (chest, heart, breast)

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If only it’s not … / -만 아니면

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In the same way that …, just like someone did … / -(으)ㄴ 대로

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Even if I would have to, even if that means I have to / -는 한이 있더라도

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Sentence Building Drill 13

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Advanced Idiomatic Expressions – 머리 (head, hair)

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Word Builder 17 / 상 (上)

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Advanced Situational Expressions: Making Suggestions in Korean

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It is just that …, I only … / -(으)ㄹ 따름이다

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Advanced Situational Expressions: Defending in Korean

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Advanced Idiomatic Expressions – 몸 (body)

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Advanced Situational Expressions: Complimenting in Korean

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despite, in spite of / -에도 불구하고

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Advanced Situational Expressions: When You Feel Happy

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Sentence Building Drill 14

Even if I would have to, even if that means I have to / -는 한이 있더라도

안녕하세요! Let’s imagine something for a minute: You’re talking to someone in Korean and they aren’t really understanding how much you need/want/should do something, or how strong your suggestion to them is. By adding -는 한이 있더라도 to your sentence, you are adding the phrase “even if I end up…” or “even if it means I have to…” to your sentence to help emphasize what you’re willing to risk to get what you want.

Today’s grammar point, -는 한이 있더라도, is used when you want to say “even if that means I have to...” or “even if I end up …-ing …”, meaning that you would take risks or try your best to achieve a desire result. 


Construction

Verb stem + -는 한이 있더라도 + … 

= Even if I end up + … -ing ...

= Even if that means I have to ...


Here, the word 한 means “case” or “situation”, so the literal translation of this structure is “even if there is a situation where ABC happens, I will do XYZ”. The phrase that follows is usually about something that one is determined to do, can’t do, or has to do. When -는 한이 있더라도 is used in a sentence, that sentence usually ends with -수 없어요 (can’t do), -아/어/여야 돼요 (have to), or -(으)ㄹ 거예요 (will). 


Examples

1. 나중에 후회하는 한이 있더라도 

= Even if that means we will regret it later

- 나중에 = later

- 후회하다 = to regret


2. 다치는 한이 있더라도

= Even if I might end up getting injured

- 다치다 = to get hurt, to get injured


3. 지는 한이 있더라도

= Even if we might end up losing 

- 지다 = to lose 


Sample Sentences

1. 무대에서 쓰러지는 한이 있더라도 공연을 취소할 수는 없어요.

= Even if it means I might collapse on the stage, we can’t cancel the performance. 


2. 여행 계획을 다 취소하는 한이 있더라도 지금 수술을 받아야 돼요.

= Even if that means we have to cancel all the travel plans, you need to get this surgery now.


3. 회사를 그만두는 한이 있더라도 할 말은 해야겠어요.

= Even if I end up quitting the job because of this, I have to say what I have to say.


4. 약속에 많이 늦는 한이 있더라도 화장은 꼭 하고 가야 돼요.

= Even if I might end up being very late for the meeting, I must put my make-up on before I go.


5. 금방 고장나서 버리는 한이 있더라도 일단 사야겠어요.

= Even though this might end up breaking and I’ll have to throw it away, I have to buy it now (and think about it later).

안녕하세요! Let’s imagine something for a minute: You’re talking to someone in Korean and they aren’t really understanding how much you need/want/should do something, or how strong your suggestion to them is. By adding -는 한이 있더라도 to your sentence, you are adding the phrase “even if I end up…” or “even if it means I have to…” to your sentence to help emphasize what you’re willing to risk to get what you want.
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