Usage of ~도록 

 September 28, 2021

By  Smriti

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Today we’ll see the usage of ~도록 with some example sentences.

~도록 is often confused by the foreign learners in terms of the usage.

There are two usages of the term ~도록 :

  1. First condition is when the speaker wants to convey the meaning of so that, in order that, that, (so as) to, in order to.
  1. Second condition is when the speaker wants to convey the meaning of till, until, to the point where (end point).

The term 도록 can be used with the verb like 가다, 하다, 말하다 etc. as 가도록, 하도록, 말하도록 meaning in order to go, in order to do, in order to say etc.

Lets see some examples to understand the difference between the two~

In the first condition :

1. 하지 않도록.

So as to not (do something).


2. 그 여자에게 말하지 않도록 주의하라.

Take care not to tell her.


3. 급행 열차에 댈 수 있도록 빨리 일어났다.

I got up early so as to be[in order to be] in time for the express.


4. 가옥은 신선한 공기와 광선이 많이 들어 오도록 지어져야 한다.

Houses should be built so as to admit plenty of light as well as of fresh air.


In the second condition :

1. 밤이 늦도록.

Till late at night.


2. 죽도록 사랑하다.

Love a person till death.


3. 백 살이 되도록 살아.

Live to be a hundred.


4. 성공한 도록 열심히 일하세요.

Work hard to succeed.


5. 나는 일찍 자도록 일을 일찍 끝냈어요.

I finished work early so that I can sleep early.


Examples :

1. 이해할 수도록 천천히 말했어요.

I spoke slowly in order for them to understand.


2. 방학때 고향에 가도록 이미 계획을 세웠어요.

I've already made plans to go to my hometown for vacation.


3. 시험을 잘 보도록 많이 노력을 했다.

I tried very hard in order to do well on the exam.

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