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N4 Lesson 8: 6/18


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たとえば + Phrase


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About たとえば

たとえば (or (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(つめ)(もの)()ときに()(いた)です
    For example, my teeth hurt when I eat cold things.
Fun Fact
(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, (くわ)しく 'in full' would be used as the adverb instead.
  • (くわ)しく()、トマトのように(たね)いっぱいある()(もの)(きら)です
    More specifically, I don't like foods that have a lot of seeds, like tomatoes.


  • (たと)えば、「英語(えいご)()です。」()いてみたら

    For example, why don't you ask 'Do you like English?'

  • (たと)えば毎日(まいにち)日本語(にほんご)(はな)なら日本語(にほんご)レベル()がる

    For example, if you speak Japanese every day, your Japanese level will rise.

  • (わたし)(たと)えばあそこあるイタリアレストランのような(みせ)(つく)りたい

    For example, I want to make a restaurant like that Italian restaurant over there.

  • 色々(いろいろ)(くに)()ってみたい(たと)えば、ベトナム。

    I want to go to a variety of countries. Vietnam for example.

  • 子供(こども)ころ(なん)でも()べること出来(でき)た。(たと)えば納豆(なっとう)()だった

    When I was a child, I could eat anything. I liked Natto for example.

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たとえば – Grammar Discussion

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  • deltacat3


    For example, why don’t you ask ‘Do you like English?’

    This is the first time I have seen [Verb ~たら] used at the end of a sentence.
    So I read と聞いてみたら as “If/when you try to ask”.

    Is there something I am missing here?

  • nekoyama


    This is covered in the たらどう grammar point. You can (casually) make suggestions without spelling out the part after the conditional.

  • deltacat3


    @nekoyama Thank you for that clarification! At least it seems like a very logical combination, with the hypothetical condition [~たら] is modifying どう “In which way/manner?”. To literally express “what if you do… (this)?”

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