I'm mostly a beginner and still figuring grammar out. I was wondering if

(location)に (object)を さがしたほうがいい

would be a grammatically correct format for a rough translation of "you should search for x here" in casual speech. for example,

ウールマートに りんごを さがしたほうがいい



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In everyday conversations, the location marker for the verb 「探{さが}す」 is 「で」 rather than 「に」.

Using 「に」 is not incorrect, but it surely would make the sentence sound (unnecessarily) literary, old-fashioned, poetic, etc. Thus, I would not recommend that you use 「に」 in your sentence unless you actually intend to use it for your own aesthetic reasons.

I would say:


FYI, the verbs that take 「に」 as their usual location-marker include:

住{す}む (to live)、いる (to be, to exit)、滞在{たいざい}する (to stay), etc. These are all stative verbs.

「探{さが}す」 ("to look for") is too "active" an action to take 「に」 except for the special cases explained above.

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