Verb/Adj+ 아/어/해도 되다 [Korean Grammar] 

 December 21, 2023

By  Uruba Kashish

Let's learn how to use "V/A -아/어/해도 되다 [Korean grammar]and make some example sentences.

V/A -아/어/해도 되다 (Korean Grammar)


V/A -아/어/해도 되다 Korean grammar pattern is used to ask for or give permission.

It's equals to "May I/ Can I?" or "you can/ you may" in English.


V/A-아/어/해도 되다 grammar can be  used with verbs and adjectives. The first step of '아/어/해도 되다’ conjugation is to remove ‘다’ from the base form of the verb or adjectives.

  • If the verb stem ends with the vowel ‘ㅏ’ or ‘ㅗ’, ‘아도 되다’ is used. 
  • If the verb stem ends with any other vowel, then ‘어도 되다’ is used. 
  • When the verb ends with 하, the form changes to '해도 되다'. 

So let's take a verb 먹다(to eat). if you remove 다 from 먹다, 먹 (stem) is left. And then, look at the last vowel. So in the 먹, the last vowel is 어.

According to the conjugation rule, if the last vowel of stem is 어, we add 어도 되다.

so it becomes 먹어 어도 되다 or  먹어 어도 돼요.


  •  Q- 여기 앉아도 돼요? (May I sit here?)
     A- 네, 앉으세요. (Yes, please have a seat.)
  • 화장실에 가도 돼요?( Can I go to restroom?)
  • 사진을 찍어도 돼요? (Can I take a picture?)
  • 오늘 일찍 집에 가도 돼? ( Can I go home early today?)
  •  문을 열어도 돼요? (May I open the door?)
  • 문제를 이해하지 못하면 물어봐도 돼요 (You may ask if you don’t understand the question)


듣다 -- 들어도 되다
쓰다 -- 써도 되다
자르다 -- 잘라도 되다
눕다 -- 누워도 되다

Uruba Kashish

Uruba Kashish completed her schooling in Commerce, bachelor's in English literature& Education. Currently doing her Masters in Translation studies (MATS). She is working as a Educational content writer with reputed websites like LKI, Annyeong India & TOPIK Guide. She is a Korean language and culture enthusiast and has been working across multiple disciplines which broadly addresses narratives of similarities between Korean and Indian culture. Apart from being a content writer at LKI, she is a Korean language Instructor at LKI. She manages Annyeong India website as Creative Head and has had her pieces published in TOPIK GUIDE website as well. In her other life, she is a rising entrepreneur, life enthusiast and a learner and is involved with multiple Korean-Indian projects. We are a team of passionate researchers from Seoul National University specializing in Korean language and linguistics. We are committed to helping international students prepare for the TOPIK test. You can connect with us.

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