Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com

View topic - should


Have a Question about some Grammar point? Share it with the world!


Postby tanuki » Sun 03.26.2006 12:05 am

Hello, all!

How are you doing?

I have a grammar question. How do you say someone "should" do something? Like, for example, "you should study" or "she should speak with him", etc.

I've been looking for the answer on the web, but I really don't know what the grammatical name for that structure is, so I've had no success. I hope you can help me.

Thanks a lot in advance! Bye!
User avatar
Posts: 2302
Joined: Sun 09.25.2005 9:00 pm
Location: South America

RE: should

Postby richvh » Sun 03.26.2006 8:23 am

This page covers your question.
Richard VanHouten
Posts: 6480
Joined: Thu 09.29.2005 10:35 pm

RE: should

Postby keatonatron » Sun 03.26.2006 9:39 am

Another commonly used one is 〜ばいい(です).

Literally it means "if you ______ it will be good".

勉強すればいいよ - You should study, you know.

彼に話せばいいかしら - (She should) probably talk to him.

This type of phrase is most used for giving/asking advice.

Another common example:
どうすればいいかな - I wonder what I should do
Last edited by keatonatron on Sun 03.26.2006 9:40 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Posts: 4838
Joined: Sat 02.04.2006 3:31 am
Location: Tokyo (Via Seattle)
Native language: English
Gender: Male

Return to Grammar Questions and Problems

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests