Qubyte Codes

Conditionals and hypotheticals using たら

You can compose compose conditional or hypothetical phrases using 〜たら. You can compose it using the plain past conjugation of a word and appending to it. This is one of many ways of forming conditionals or hypotheticals!

  • noun + だったら
  • i-adjective without final + かったら
  • na-adjective + だったら
  • verb plain past +

Use もし to begin the sentence to make the meaning more of an if, and leave it off to make it more of a when, though I'm not sure of this yet. It usually seems right to omit it.

Noun example:

  • (ぼく)だったら、(あたら)しいアパートを(さが)す。
  • Literal: If it were me, I'd look for a new apartment.
  • Natural: I would look for a new apartment.

Verb example:

  • このキノコを()べたら、()(たか)くなります。
  • Literal: If you eat this mushroom, you will become taller.
  • Natural: Eating this mushroom will make you taller.

Maggie Sensei has a much more complete article on たら.