Level 4 Lesson 8 / it is okay to…, you don’t have to… / -아/어/여도 돼요, 해도 돼요

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In this lesson, we are looking at how to say “it is okay to …” or “you don’t have to…” In English, these two expressions might not be so related, but in Korean, they share a common structure, which is -도 되다. Listen in to find out how to use this structure correctly.

You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.

  • Winnie Zambo

    1. 이 사무실안에 너무 더워요. 에어컨을 켜도 되요?

    2.오늘 대학교에 안 가도 되요. 수업이 없거 든요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      이 사무실안에 너무 더워요. > 이 사무실 안이 너무 더워요.
      없거 든요> 없거든요

      Except of this small mistake, your sentences are perfect.

  • Tobias S

    I think at first glance in English they’re not related, but if you take a closer look at the structure they make sense in English, we just have the expression ‘you don’t have to…’ which feels more right.

  • Sarah

    사랑해도돼요 …^_^

  • Eric Victor

    이 표외에 쓸수있는 볼펜 많이 있지만 안써도 돼요.
    Am I right?
    (What I tried to say was ” there are a lot of usable pens on the table but its ok,too if don’t use them” )
    Pls correct me if I’m wrong. Thank you very much. ^^

  • Jae Kyeong

    내일은 시간을 안 없어도 돼요. It’s ok if you don’t have time tomorrow.
    민호 씨 타도 돼요. 일에 운전할 거예요.
    Min Ho, you don’t have to take the bus. I will drive you to work.

  • Francesco Colléter

    “누나 주와 요?”
    “네 저금만”
    “그래도, 난방을 안교도돼요. 스웨터를 입도 돼요”

    Older sister, are you cold ?
    Yes, a little bit
    Still, you don’t need to turn on the heating. You could put on a sweater.

  • John R

    내일 숙제를 해도 돼요? Can I do the homework tomorrow?

    녹차 아이스크림 안 먹어도 돼요? Can I not eat the green tea ice cream?

    불 꺼도 돼요? Can I trun off the lights?


  • https://twitter.com/miloudsaria miloud saria

    is it right to say 먹지 않아도 돼요 when you want to say you don’t have to eat ?

    • KyungHwa Sun

      Right! You can also say 안 먹어도 돼요. =)

  • rochim hidayah

    한국어를 공부 안 해도 돼요?

    • Seokjin Jin

      한국어를 잘 하려면, 꼭 공부 해야죠. ㅎㅎㅎ

      잘 쓰셨어요.

  • Trevor Lau

    Is it okay to change 해도 돼요 to 해도 괜찮아요? Thanks!

    • Seokjin Jin

      Yes. I think they are interchangeable in most of the cases.

  • VoldiPhil

    great lesson, great detailed explanation, thanks :)

  • 소피

    피곤해면, 안 요리해도 돼요. 우리 배달 음식 사도 돼요.

    • Seokjin Jin

      피곤하면, 요리 안해도 돼요. 우리 배달 음식 시켜도 돼요.

    • 소피


  • 디코드

    지금은 일이 있어서 나중에 이이슈 해도 돼요?

    • Seokjin Jin

      나중에 공부한다고요? :)

  • 디코드

    인트넷 돼요? It means “Does the Internet work?”. Can I say 인트넷 있어요?

    • Seokjin Jin

      You can say “인터넷 돼요?”

  • César Duarte

    오늘 많이 먹어도 되다

  • Shy Unicorn ♡

    괜잖아요, 울어도 돼요.

  • Matt

    만약 문제를 있으면 질문 해도 돼요? = Is it okay to ask if I have a problem?
    한국어로 말해도 돼요. = It is fine if we speak in Korean.
    월요일 까지에 이것 안 끝내도 돼요. = You don’t have to finish it until Monday.

    감사합니다 for the lesson!

  • Jams4Jimin

    일이 끝나면 집에 가도 돼요?
    If work is done, is it okay to go home?
    이 레슨이 너무 좋아요! 감사합니다!

    • JooyeonPark

      네, 맞아요! :)

  • 향기

    하루종일 자도 돼오….
    제가 가장 듣고 싶은 말이에요…ㅎㅎ