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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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What is the difference between 行くなら and 行けば [duplicate]

I came across this in a grammar textbook: 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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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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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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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: http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/conditionals But ...
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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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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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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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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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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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dekireba/dekitara

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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How much does it matter if I use the wrong 'if'?

Specifically talking about ば、なら、たら、and と here. I just read Derek Schaab's excellent reply to this question on when to use the different forms of conditionals -- something I'm really struggling with ...
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“Reversal” nuance of なら

「帰るなら、窓を閉めなさい!」 I recently asked my teacher about なら being used in this command sentence, and she said while it was acceptable, it had a different meaning compared to 「帰ったら、窓を閉めなさい!」 While the たら ...
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Is there any difference between 早く終われば and 早く終わったら?

Consider the following two sentences, 仕{し}事{ごと}が早{はや}く終{お}わったら行きます。 仕{し}事{ごと}が早{はや}く終{お}われば行きます。 Is there any difference between them?

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