A sentence from Japanesepod101, with the official translation.

Both red and green grapes are good squeezed and turned into wine or juice.

Their translation of よく as good (i.e. the grapes good for being squeezed) doesn't seem right. To me よく should be referring to 搾る (i.e. if the grapes are well/properly squeezed, they become wine or juice). Here I have interpreted the と as "if/when". Was my interpretation correct?

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よく can only reference 搾る, because the adjective precedes the verb. In English, the adjective must be translated as well. The inaccurate English translation may occlude your understanding.
The present (or: non-past) tense, here of the verb 搾る, together with the particle do indeed express a conditional relationship (if).

  • Thanks. I suppose due to the conditional relationship (と), よく also cannot mean "often" in this sentence?
    – Viridian
    Commented Mar 7, 2015 at 14:45
  • I don't believe there's such a connection. Commented Mar 7, 2015 at 17:54

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