나 같아도 VS 나 같으면
What is the difference between 나 같아도 and 나 같으면. They are similar in such a way that they both refer to the first person singular (나- I) and they both use the verb 같다 which means to seem or seem like. They only differ in conjugation. The first one is –아/어/여+도 and the second one is –(으)면.
They also differ in meaning and nuance. When you say 나 같아도, you definitely agree with someone if you put yourself in her shoes. It’s like saying I would do the same thing either. For instance, your friend just broke the news that she and her boyfriend are no longer together and she dumped him for having an affair with another woman. Here, you can say 나 같아도 그럴 거야 or 나 같아도 헤어질 거야.
When you say 나 같으면, you are putting yourself in someone’s shoes but you are more inclined to your own decision or preference. Hence, the succeeding statement may not agree with his or hers. Following the scenario above, you can say 나 같으면 일단 오해 좀 풀고 얘기 좀 할 거야. In English, we say something like In my case, I would clear up the misunderstanding first and have a talk with him.