Decoded Slug: ~라도 [rado] (At least, even if)

Korean Grammar Point
~라도 [rado] (At least, even if)

~라도 [rado] (At least, even if)

Short explanation:

Used to express the minimum action or condition; 'at least', 'even if'.

Formation:

Verb stem + 라도

Examples:

이 일을 할 수 없다면, 도움이라도 주세요.
I ireul hal su eopdamyeon, doumirado juseyo.
If you can't do this work, at least help.
그는 수업에 참여하지 않았지만, 책을라도 읽었어야 했습니다.
Geuneun sueobe chamyeohaji anhatjiman, chaeg eulrado ilgeosseoya haetsseumnida.
He didn't participate in the class, but he should have at least read the book.
시험에 떨어졌지만, 다시 시도라도 해보겠습니다.
Siheome tteoreojyeotjiman, dasi sidorado haebogessseumnida.
I failed the exam, but I will at least try again.
영화를 보러 가고 싶지 않아도, 친구들이 영화를 좋아한다면 함께라도 가겠어요.
Yeonghwareul boreo gago sipji anhado, chingudeuri yeonghwareul joahandamyeon hamgkerado gagessseoyo.
Even if I don't want to go see a movie, I would at least go with them if my friends like the movie.

Long explanation:

'~라도 [rado]' is a widely used ending in Korean to indicate the smallest or least action or condition that can or should be done. It depicts a sense of concession, similar to 'at least' or 'even if' in English. It is used to convey a minimum expectation or a condition that is less than ideal but is better than nothing.
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