May 31, 2017

L2G47 N-(이)라도 grammar = even N/ N or something ~choose 2nd best choice if the best isn't available

L2G47 N-(이)라도 grammar = even N/ N or something ~ choose 2nd best choice if the best isn't available.

Usage:
  • Choose the 2nd best choice if the best isn't available = even N/ N or something
  • Other forms: 만이라도, 부터라도, (으)로라도, 에게/한테라도, 에라도, 에서라도, 하고라도
Tense:
Noun
  • N (이)라도

Examples
1. 남편이 선물을 자주 해요?
  • 아니요. 한 번도 장미꽃 한 송이라도 받아 보면 좋겠어요.
Does your husband buy you gift often?
  • No. I would be nice to get even a rose once.
2. 무슨 일인데 아침부터 전화 했니?
  • 처리해야 할 급한 일이 생겼는데 직원들이 모두 못 나온대. 그러니까 너라도 와서 좀 도와줘.
What brings you to call me in the morning?
  • An urgent matter came up, but none of staffs can come in. So I want (even) you to come and help me out.
3. 집이 너무 멀어서 중고차라도 한 대 사야겠어요.
My house is very far, so I am gonna buy a used car (or something).
4. 그렇게 쉬지 않고 일만 하면 어떻게 해요? 여기 앉아서 잠깐이라도 쉬세요.
How can you just work without taking a break? Please seat here and take a rest for a while.
5. 열심히 공부한다고 해 놓고 오늘도 놀아 버렸어요. 내일부터라도 열심히 해야겠어요.
I said I was going to study hard, but I played around again today. From tomorrow I will have to work hard.
6. 오늘 사무실 사람들과 같이 식사를 못 한다면서요?
  • 네, 그래서 미안해서 커피라도 사려고 해요.
Did you say that you can’t eat together with colleagues today?
  • Yes, I am sorry for that. So I am going to buy coffee or something.
7. 밥이 없으면 라면이라도 먹을래.
If there is no rice, we will eat noodle or something.

Specific usage:
1. 어느/아무/무슨/무엇/누구 N(이)라도 = no matter what/who/which…

E.g. 어느 곳이라도 사랑하는 사람과 함께 있을 수 있다면 저는 상관이 없어요.
It’s not a matter which place if I can be together with my lover

E.g. 아무 말이라도 좋으니까 제발 대답 좀 해 주세요.
It doesn't matter what you say, I am begging you to please respond.

Comparison between N (이)나 and N (이)라도:
1. 밥이 없으면 라면이나 먹을래.
If the best choice is not available, then all other options are basically the same. → Eating noodle or something will be fine.

2. 밥이 없으면 라면이라도 먹을래.
If the best choice is not available, choose the next best one. → Noodle is the 2nd best choice.
If the the next best one is not available too, then choose the 3rd one.
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