Learn JLPT N3 Grammar (ba yokatta)

Meaning

should have, it would have been better if

How to use

Verb (ば conditional form)よかった(のに)

Learn Japanese grammar: (ba yokatta). Meaning: should have, it would have been better if.

You can add のに (no ni) at the end for more emphasis to become ばよかったのに (ba yokatta no ni).

This grammar must use a verb in conditional form. See our lesson on if you aren’t sure how to use it.

JLPT grammar ばよかった (ba yokatta)  - Learn Japanese

- Example Sentences

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Example #1

かさをもってくればよかった。
Kasa wo motte kureba yokatta.
I should have brought an umbrella.
Example #2

ちこくしてしまった。もっとはやくいえをでればよかった。
Chikoku shite shimatta. Motto hayaku ie o dereba yokatta.
I was late.. I should have left home earlier..
Example #3

はやくれんらくしてくればよかったのに。
hayaku renraku shite kurereba yokatta noni.
You should have contacted me earlier.
Example #4

ゆうべのばんぐみはおもしろかった。あなたもみればよかったのに。
yuube no bangumi wa omoshirokatta. anata mo mireba yokatta noni.
The program last night was interesting. You should have watched it!
Example #5

こんなことをいわなければよかった。いまはこうかいしている。
konna koto o iwanakereba yokatta. ima wa koukai shite iru.
I wish I hadn't said this.. I'm really regretting it now.
Example #6

あたらしいパソコンをかわないで、わたしのをつかえばよかったのに。
atarashii pasokon o kawanaide, watashi no o tsukaeba yokatta noni.
You shouldn’t have bought a new computer and used mine instead.
Example #7

ゆうじんにあんなことをいわなければよかった。
Yuujin ni anna koto wo iwanakereba yokatta.
I wish I hadn't told my close friend about you.

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