Learn JLPT N5 Grammar (hou ga ii)

Meaning

had better; it'd be better to; should~

How to use

Verb方がいい
ほうがいい

Learn Japanese grammar: / (ほうがいい) (hou ga ii). Meaning: had better; it’d be better to; should~

  • This grammar is used to suggest that a certain option is better:
    • You had better ~
    • It would be better to ~
    • You should ~

Both the kanji and hiragana version can be used:

  • (hou ga ii)
  • (hou ga ii)

Example A) past-casual

  • itta hou ga ii.
  • You had better go

Example B) negative

  • 行か
  • ikanai hou ga ii
  • You shouldn’t go

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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

つかれたら、はやくねたほうがいい。
tsukaretara, hayaku neta hou ga ii.
If you're tired, it's best to go to bed early.
Example #2

あついひには、みずをたくさんのんだほうがいい。
atsui hi ni wa, mizu wo takusan nonda hou ga ii.
It's best to drink a lot of water on hot days.
Example #3

ねるまえに、スマホをつかわないほうがいい。
neru mae ni, sumaho wo tsukawanai hou ga ii.
Before going to bed, it's best to not touch your smartphone.
Example #4

まいにちにほんごをれんしゅうしたほうがいいですよ。
mainichi nihongo wo renshuu shita hou ga ii desu yo.
You should practice Japanese every day.
Example #5

わからないとき、せんせいにきいたほうがいいですよ。
wakaranai toki, sensei ni kiita hou ga ii desu yo.
When you don't understand, you're best off asking your teacher.
Example #6

にくだけじゃなくて、やさいもたべたほうがいいですよ。
niku dake janakute, yasai mo tabeta hou ga ii desu yo.
It's better to not just eat meat, but some vegetables as well.
Example #7

ごはんのあとで、はをみがいたほうがいいですよ。
gohan no ato de, ha wo migaita hou ga ii desu yo.
It's best to brush your teeth after eating.
Example #8

はたちになっても、おさけをのまないほうがいいとおもいます。
hatachi ni nattemo, osake wo nomanai hou ga ii to omoimasu.
Even if you turn 20, I think it's best to not drink any alcohol.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
疲れるつかれるto be tired
早くはやくearly
寝るねるto sleep
暑い日あついひhot day
みずwater
飲むのむto drink
寝る前にねるまえにbefore sleeping
スマホsmartphone
使うつかうto use
毎日まいにちevery day
日本語にほんごJapanese language
練習れんしゅうto practice
分かるわかるto understand
先生せんせいteacher
聞くきくto ask
にくmeat
野菜やさいvegetable
ご飯ごはんmeal
歯を磨くはをみがくto brush teeth
20歳はたち20 years old (adult in Japan)
お酒おさけalcohol
と思うとおもうto think

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