I just learned how say ‘at the latest’ and ‘at least’ in Korean. There are two descriptive verbs when added with 어도 gives that maximum and minimum meaning.
- 늦어도 (neujeodo) – at the latest (even though it is late)
- 적어도(chokodo) – at least (even though its few or small)
It’s like an idiomatic expression because 늦어 means to be late and 적어 means to few or small. Here are some examples patterned from this lesson:
- 여기부터 공항까지 적어도 2시간은 걸리겠어요. (Yeogibuto gonghangkajji chokodo 2shiganeun keollikesseoyo) – From here to the airport must take at least 2 hours.
- 제가 늦어도 11시까지는 집에 가야. (Chega neujeodo 11shikkajineun jipe kaya) – I need to be home by 11pm at the latest.