JLPT N3 Grammar (ba yokatta)

Meaning

should have; would have been better if ~

How to use

Verb (ば conditional form)よかった(のに)
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Learn Japanese grammar: (ba yokatta). Meaning: should have; 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 .


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Example #1

そうすればよかった。
sou sureba yokatta.
I should have done that.
Example #2

かさをもってくればよかった。
kasa o motte kureba yokatta.
I should have brought an umbrella.
Example #3

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 #4

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 #5

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 o iwanakereba yokatta.
I wish I hadn't told my close friend about you.
Example #6

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 #7

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 #8

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.

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