JLPT N1 Grammar (tara~tade)

How to use

Verb (たら) + Verb (たで)
い-adj + かったら + い-adj + かったで
い-adj + かったら + い-adj + いで
な-adj + なら + な-adj + で
Noun + なら + Noun + で

Learn Japanese grammar: (tara~tade) / なら~で (nara~de). Meaning: whether or not

This grammar point is a little bit difficult to grasp, but it’s similar to the phrase “whether or not”.

Ex) Whether or not someone has something, then…

In some cases, it seems that one side may implied to be more ideal, but either way is fine.

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Example #1

makku no chirashi, doko ni aru? sute tara sute tade ii no dakedo.
Have you seen that McD's flyer? If you've already thrown it away, that's fine..
Example #2

nakattara nakattade, nantoka naru mono sa.
It doesn't matter whether or not we have it, one way or another things will work out.
Example #3

binsen ga nakattara naide, kopii youshi demo kamawanai.
If there's no writing paper, then copy paper will work.
Example #4

daigaku ni haittara haitta de, okane ga kakatte taihen da.
It'd be nice to get into university, but even then it costs a lot of money.

Vocabulary List

チラシちらしflyer; ad
捨てるすてるto throw away
便箋びんせんwriting paper
コピー用紙こぴーようしcopy paper
構わないかまわないto not be bothered

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