I found this sentence on the Bunpro website and I found it very confusing.


My understanding of this sentence is something like "Despite being tired, I think (person) is more on the side of being able to move"

Why doesn't it say 動ける方だと思います?

Is this related to the construction "た方がいい"?

  • The reading was ほう and not かた, therefore I believe that the meaning was ~direction~ as in comparing it with something. That is why I wrote ~is more on the side of...~
    – Manab
    Commented Jan 30, 2022 at 23:26

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The た-form is used simply because the person was able to move on some concrete occasion such as a sports match.

If the sentence were describing the person's permanent quality as you supposed it did, it would say 動ける方.

  • So the meaning would be something like "Despite he being tired, I think (person) [was] more on the side of being able to move"? Is the tense still past even if the previous sentence isn't 疲れていた割には?
    – Manab
    Commented Jan 30, 2022 at 23:34
  • Does the tense work as in 宿題をしている最中に、電話が鳴りました?
    – Manab
    Commented Jan 30, 2022 at 23:35
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    @Manab - Yes, that's correct. Relative tense is used in the subordinate clause. 疲れていた割には means the same in this sentence, though.
    – aguijonazo
    Commented Jan 30, 2022 at 23:39

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