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The differences and similarities between ーたら and ーば [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Differences among -たら、なら、-んだったら、-えば, etc. There are different ways to say "if" in Japanese. I want to concentrate on these two verb endings which mean "if": たら and ば. What ...
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Difference between と and たら [duplicate]

I was under the impression that たら was used for "if this then", statements. Be they cause and effects or when statements. Whats the difference with と?
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What is the difference between 行くなら and 行けば [duplicate]

シカゴへ行く(の)ならバスで行ったらどうですか What is the difference between 行く(の)なら and 行けば?
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昼飯食ったら また行こうぜ - What grammar is the kuttara in this sentence? [duplicate]

I am wondering what 昼飯食ったら grammar is used in this sentence? I am wondering if it is the past conditional as described by Tae Kim here: But ...
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Should I use と or たら in that case? [duplicate]

I've got a task in uni today to put either と or たら. And there's a sentence I can't comprehend: 箸で食べて(みると、みたら)どうですか。 I don't quite understand which form I have to use here, so it would be great if I ...
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I can't recognize which conditional form to use? [duplicate]

so as you know there are varieties of conditions forms in Japanese...(と, …ば, …たら, なら) and 大変ですね? so my problem is, I may be able to recognize them in a test but while speaking, I have no idea which to ...
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Correct use of たら [duplicate]

Whilst I think I understand the purpose of this grammatical device, I'm confused by its usage in the following sentence: 雑誌の占いコーナーを読んでいたら、「日本人は占いが好きです」と、外国人の友達が話しかけてきた。 たら I thought was for ...
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なら or たら - what is the difference when saying “if” [duplicate]

I am still a bit confused as to when to use なら or たら in a sentence for an “if.....” question. For examaple, if I want to say - “if there is a problem, please speak English” - what would be the most ...
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How can I accurately convey conditional statements using the various conditional forms like 〜たら, 〜なら, and 〜えば? [duplicate]

I often find myself hesitating when choosing between these forms in conversations or when writing. I've noticed that native speakers use these forms differently based on the context, and I'd like to ...
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Wich Conditional sounds more natural? [duplicate]

I've learned that we can express "if" by using 「と」,「なら」, by conjugating the verb such as in 「食べる」-> 「食べれば」, and by conjugating in the past and adding 「ら」 such as 「食べる」->「食べたら」. Wich one of this four ...
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The many ways to say "and" in Japanese

In English, we just have one word for the conjunction and which works just fine for many categories, but in Japanese, there are separate words: と joins nouns together in a closed list や joins nouns ...
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Conflict among teachings of なら and ば

I recently read a helpful answer on a question asking for clarification on the ways to say "if" in Japanese: と, たら, なら, ば. The link is here: Differences among -たら、なら、-んだったら、-えば, etc According to the ...
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What does the だと mean in 日本だと?

I found this sentence on a video game review site: 日本だと「不思議のダンジョン」と言ったほうがわかりやすいかもしれないローグライクゲーム。 I am not sure whether だと means 'in Japan' or 'if it were in Japan'. The translation in one case ...
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Is this a proper use of tara and toki for "when"?

Consider: 気がついたら皆さんは寝ていた。 気がついたとき皆さんは寝ていた。 My English interpretation: When I woke up (came to), everyone was sleeping. Is "when" enough to capture the nuances of the Japanese sentences? ...
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When "dekireba" or "dekitara" is placed at the beginning of a sentence, is the subject always "you" as in "if you can/if possible", or can it be "I" as in "if I can/if I have the permission to do"? ...
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