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- -TTARA : another Conditional form
- Example Sentences
- Useful Words
-Ttara : another Conditional form
A while ago, we learned the -EBA conditional
Here is a short review of the -EBA form: (taken
from Lesson 11)
-eba is used to say "if" something were to
happen. You would use it in sentences like:
If you eat that, you will die!
If you look for him, you'll find him!
If you become human, it's good.
How to use the -eba ending
First, remove the last "u" from the verb.
taberu - taber
nusumu - nusum
korosu - koros
Next, add -eba and you're done!
Now let's translate those 3 example sentences!
(about 15 lines up)
sore o tabereba, shinu yo.
aitsu o sagaseba, mitsukeru yo.
ningen ni nareba, ii no desu.
-TTARA: another Conditional ending
Like the -EBA form, this form is called conditional
because it says "if a certain
condition occurs". Don't ever let fancy grammar terms scare
you off...you can call the form whatever you want. It could be
called the "if" ending. This ending is often used with
verbs, but it can be used with some kinds of adjectives as well.
What kind of adjectives? The ones that end in -i
that you can change to a -ku. To review
different kinds of adjectives, see Lesson 11
and Lesson 14.
Here are some examples of how -TTARA is used in
hayaku ittara ii n deshou. (iu = to say)
fast if you say good probably is.
(I think) You should say it quickly.
shinitaku nakattara, kaereba ii ja nai ka?
want to die if not, if you return good isn't it?
If you don't want to die, why don't you go back?
I'll explain that last sentence a bit. shinitai is the
"want to" form of shinu, "to die". shinitaku
nai is simply the -ku nai form. If you
recall from our previous study of adjectives, adding -ku
nai reverses the meaning.
shinitai = "(I) want to die"
shinitaku nai = "(I) don't want to die"
How to use -TTARA
Here comes the fun part -- telling you how you can use it in your
own sentences! It's not all that difficult, which you can say
about most Japanese grammar!
Step 1 - Find a Verb or Adjective
Any verb in the -tai or -taku nai
form will do. For adjectives, you can only use "normal"
adjectives that end in -i.
Examples of -TTARA capable verbs and adjectives:
Step 2 - Remove the last -i,
and add -KA
Step 3 - Add -TTARA
And you're done! Here are the meanings of the
phrases that you just built:
tabetakattara = "if you want to
tabetaku nakattara = "if you don't
want to eat"
shirokattara = "if it is white"
osokattara = "if it is slow"
Here are a few exceptions, that are used ALL the time!
X suru = X shitara (if X is done)
X ga kuru = X ga kitara (if X comes)
X ga aru = X ga attara (if X is there)
X desu = X dattara (if it is X)
X ni naru = X ni nattara (if it becomes X)
Since you need to see -TTARA in action, this
week's Example Sentences will feature -TTARA.
aitsu ga kitara, minna ga taberareru n desu!
he (subject) if comes, everyone (subject) be eaten !
If he shows up, we'll all be eaten!
omae no saigo dattara, ore mo shinu tokoro da.
you 's end if it is, I also death point is.
If it is the end of you, then I will die too.
mou sukoshi benkyou shitara, anta no kachi deshou.
more little if you were to study, you 's win probably is
If you studied a little more, you'd probably win.
mamono wo koroshitara, machi wa heiwa ni naru n deshou.
monster (who, what) if you were to kill, city (subject)
peace (into) become probably.
If you were to kill the monster, the city would probably
okane ga attara, kanarazu kau zo!
money (subject) if there is, without fail buy (male ending)!
If I have the money, I'll definitely buy it!
boku wa onna ni nattara, saitei desu!
I (subject) woman (into) if became, the worst is!
If I became a woman, it would be the pits!
pikachu wa ningen ni nattara, omoshiroi da to omou yo!
pikachu (subject) human into if became, interesting is (and)
I think it would be interesting if Pikachu became a
pikachu ga kattara, ureshii desu!
pikachu (subject) if wins, happy is!
If Pikachu wins, I'll be happy!
Schuldich wa omi wo karakattara, Persia ga okoru n deshou!
Schuldich (subject) Omi (answers who or what) if teases,
Persia (subject) mad probably!
If Schuldich teases Omi, Persia will probably be mad!
Ash wa jigglypuff ni nattara, taihen da to omowanai?
Ash (subject) Jigglypuff into if became, awful is (and)
Don't you think it would be awful if Ash became a
heiwa - peace
saitei - the worst, the pits
karakau - to tease
kau - to win
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