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N4 Lesson 8: 6/18

例(たと)えば
For example

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たとえば (or 例(たと)えば in its kanji form) is an adverb in Japanese that is used at the beginning of a sentence, or an individual statement, in order to present an example. It can be translated almost directly as ‘for example’.
  • たとえば、ドイツとか
    For example, how about Germany, or something?
  • たとえば、冷(つめ)た物(もの)食(た)べときに歯(は)痛(いた)です
    For Example, my teeth hurt when I eat cold things.
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例(たと)えば should primarily be used when the ‘example’ that is being given is as simple as possible. If you want to explain something in further (in-depth) detail, 詳(くわ)しく ‘in full’ would be used as the adverb instead.
  • 詳(くわ)しく言(い)、トマトのように種(たね)いっぱいある食(た)べ物(もの)嫌(きら)いです
    More specifically, I don't like foods that have a lot of seeds, like tomatoes.
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例(たと)えば、「英語(えいご)好(す)きです。」聞(き)いてみたら
For example, why don't you ask 'Do you like English?'
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例(たと)えば毎日(まいにち)日本語(にほんご)話(はな)すなら日本語(にほんご)レベル上(あ)がる
For example, if you speak Japanese every day, your Japanese level will rise.
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私(わたし)例(たと)えばあそこあるイタリアレストランのような店(みせ)作(つく)りたい
For example, I want to make a restaurant like that Italian restaurant over there.
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