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TTMIK Level 8 Lesson 19 / even if I would have to ..., even if that means I have to... / -는 한이 있더라도

Released Thursday, 12th July 2012
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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.

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).

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).
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