If one wanted to say >subject+better+verb, how would you say that. Would ほうがいい work?

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    Could you clarify the meaning with an example? I'm guessing the idea is something like "I'd better go soon" or "She'd better start searching now."
    – SSTTLL
    Aug 3, 2016 at 2:17
  • "You better leave me alone"....that type of context (along the lines of "ought")
    – Williem F.
    Aug 3, 2016 at 3:50
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    in case of that, then there is no politeness needed, therefore you can say どいて! 放っといて!一人にしてくれ!etc.
    – kurakura88
    Aug 4, 2016 at 1:53

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Several options, depending on your needs:

  1. ~たほうがいい: better to do this (rather than to do that)
  2. ~する+べき: should do this (aka better do this )
  3. ~ればいい: if you do this, it would be good/better
  4. ~れば幸い: I would be happy if you can do this ( for me )
  • ~るほうがいい can be used as well (though more rarely).
    – Right leg
    Jun 12, 2017 at 13:26

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