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It is said that the と conditional must not be used where the main clause expresses any of the following: an intention, a suggestion, a command, an obligation, a request, etc. However, I've encountered と良いです a lot. E.g. すぐに薬を飲むと良いですよ。 Should this be considered grammatically wrong, but in fact readily acceptable in reality?

*Trivial: I'm trying to tackle this beast called conditionals in Japanese, and the fact that various sources I've read online seem to have contradictory explanations/definitions isn't helping. I've looked all over the Net.

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    I've encountered と良いだ/です a lot <-- 「良いです」はいいですけど、「良いだ」とは言いません。。。eg ◎「おいしいです」✖「おいしいだ」 – Chocolate Apr 14 '18 at 12:40
  • Yet another beginner blunder. I'll fix it right away. – Yeti Ape Apr 14 '18 at 13:24
  • Please ask one question per question. – snailboat Apr 14 '18 at 13:59
  • I did not wish to flood the forum with my questions, but I understand how it's considered poor practice. Won't happen again. – Yeti Ape Apr 14 '18 at 15:50
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It's no problem as it is. While the whole sentence implies recommendation, the main clause 良い itself is not any of modal expressions you listed but a statement, literally, "if you take medicine immediately, that's good".

  • Just to be on the safe side, do you mean that while it sounds like a suggestion in nature, grammar-wise it simply isn't? – Yeti Ape Apr 14 '18 at 13:28
  • When you see 良い alone, do you still find it a suggestion? – user4092 Apr 15 '18 at 1:34

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