Korean Grammar Bank

HOW TO SAY EVEN THOUGH IN KOREAN

Today, we’ll be looking at how to express even though in Korean.

We have already covered grammar points for various levels, so make sure to check out our Korean Grammar Bank when you’re done with this lesson.

EVEN THOUGH WITH 데도 (불구하고)

This structure shows how to express “even though” in Korean.

The verb is conjugated with ㄴ데도 불구하고, where the use of expression 불구하고 is optional.

Note that unlike English where ‘even though’ comes before the subject and verb, the
equivalent expression comes after the subject and verb in Korean.

PATTERN

Subject + Verb + ㄴ데도 (불구하고)

그는 아픈데도 (불구하고) 수업에 참여합니다.Even though he is sick, he participates in the class.
그는 그녀를 좋아하지않는데도 (불구하고) 그녀에게친절합니다.Even though he doesn’t like her, he still acts friendly to her.
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시험이 어려운데도 (불구하고) 학생들은 힘들어 보이지 않습니다Even though the exam is difficult, students don’t seem to struggle.
여름은 더운데도 (불구하고) 내가 가장 좋아하는계절입니다.Even though summer is hot, it is my favourite season.
가방이 비싼데도 (불구하고) 나는 그것을 살 것 입니다.Even though the bag is expensive, I will still buy it.

EVEN THOUGH WITH 지만

Structure 2 shows another way to express “even though” in Korean. The verb is conjugated with ㄴ 지만.

Note that unlike English where ‘even though’ comes before the subject and verb, the equivalent expression comes after the subject and verb in Korean.

PATTERN

Subject + Verb + ㄴ지만

그는 아프지만 수업에참여합니다.Even though he is sick, he participates in the class.
그는 그녀를 좋아하지않지만 그녀에게 친절합니다.Even though he doesn’t like her, he still acts friendly to her.
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시험이 어렵지만 학생들은 힘들어 보이지 않습니다.Even though the exam is difficult, students don’t seem to struggle.
여름은 덥지만 내가 가장 좋아하는 계절입니다.Even though summer is hot, it is my favourite season.
가방이 비싼지만 나는 그것을살 것 입니다Even though the bag is expensive, I will still buy it.

EVEN THOUGH WITH 그럼에도 불구하고

Structure 3 shows using ‘even though’ expression between two sentences.

In Korean, 그럼에도 불구하고 can be used between two sentences, where the expression is
located in the beginning of the second sentence.

PATTERN

Sentence + 그럼에도 불구하고 + Sentence

그는 아픕니다. 그럼에도불구하고 그는 수업에 참여합니다.Even though he is sick, he participates in the class.
그는 그녀를 좋아하지않습니다. 그럼에도 불구하고그는 그녀에게 친절합니다.Even though he doesn’t like her, he still acts friendly to her.
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시험이 어렵습니다. 그럼에도 불구하고 학생들은 힘들어 보이지 않습니다.Even though the exam is difficult, students don’t seem to struggle.
여름은 덥습니다. 그럼에도 불구하고 내가 가장 좋아하는계절입니다.Even though summer is hot, it is my favourite season.
가방이 비쌉니다. 그럼에도 불구하고 나는 그것을 살 것 입니다Even though the bag is expensive, I will still buy it.

EVEN THOUGH WITH 임에도 불구하고

This structure shows when the expression ‘even though’ is used with a complement in Korean.

You simply add 임에도 불구하고 after the complement.

As in the first structure, the expression 불구하고 is optional.

PATTERN

Complement + 임에도 (불구하고)

여름임에도 (불구하고) 아주 덥지는 않습니다.Even though it is summer, it is not very hot.
그는 학생임에도 (불구하고) 아르바이트로 많은 돈을 법니다.Even though he is a student, he
makes a lot of money on his side job.
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내 컴퓨터가 아님에도 (불구하고) 책상에 자리를 만들기 위해 좀 옮길께요.Even though it is not my computer, I will move it to make some place on the desk.
그녀는 내 여동생임에도 불구하고 우리는 전혀 닮지 않았어요.Even though she is my sister, we don’t look a like at all.
이것은 그의 선물임에도 불구하고, 나는 그에게 빚진기분이에요.Even though it is a gift from him, I still feel I owe something to him.

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FAQs

How to say even though in Korean?

Even though in Korean can be expressed using 4 sentence structures:

Subject + Verb + ㄴ데도 (불구하고)

Subject + Verb + ㄴ지만

Sentence + 그럼에도 불구하고 + Sentence

Complement + 임에도 (불구하고)

How to use 지만 in Korean?

To express even though in Korean you can conjugate the verb with 지만. The sentence structure is:

Subject verb + ㄴ지만

Example:

그는 아프지만 수업에참여합니다.

Even though he is sick, he participates in the class.

How to say if in Korean?

In Korean, we use 면 to describe a condition to fulfil or to achieve something.

Generally, we just add ‘~면’ to the phrase although there are sometimes some exceptions.

-면 + Phrase

Examples:

날씨가 좋으 축구를 하자.

If the weather is good, let’s play soccer.

비가 오 행사를 취소해야돼.

If it rains, we have to cancel the event.

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How to use 랑 / 이랑  in Korean?

‘랑/이랑’ is the least formal way of saying ‘and’ in Korean.

It is mostly used in a casually spoken language.

‘랑’ is added after a syllable ending with a vowel and ‘이랑’ is added after a syllable ending with consonant.

Examples:

I went to the gym with Jane and Sam 

나는 제인이랑 샘이랑 체육관에 갔어요. 

naneun jeinirang saemirang cheyukgwane gasseoyo. 

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