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N4 Lesson 6: 3/16


I'm glad that


Verb[て]+ よかった
Verb[なくて](*) + よかった
Verb[ないで](**) + よかった

(*) Mostly found in literary/written language
(**) Mostly found in spoken language


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About てよかった

When (or when following ない) is paired with the past form of the い-Adjective, いい; てよかった, なくてよかった, or ないでよかった will have the meaning of 'I'm glad that (A)' (when positive), or 'I'm glad that I didn't (A)' (when negative).
  • やっぱり今日(きょう)()てよかった
    Actually, I'm glad that we came today, don't you think?
  • あの携帯(けいたい)()なくて()かった
    I'm glad that I didn't buy that cellphone.
  • あの(とき)(まえ)(わか)れない()かった
    I'm glad that we didn't break up that one time.
The primary difference between なくてよかった and ないでよかった in this expression, is that ないでよかった will be used far more frequently in casual speech. Comparatively, なくてよかった tends to be reserved for books, and may even be considered old-fashioned by some people.
  • 先輩(せんぱい)今日(きょう)会議(かいぎ)余計(よけい)こと()わなく()かったです
    Senpai, aren't you glad that you didn't say anything more at the meeting today? (A bit more formal, focuses on expressing reasons or results)
  • ()(ひと)(みんな)風邪(かぜ)()昨日(きのう)パーティー()ないでよかった
    Everyone that went caught a cold? I'm glad that I didn't go to last night's party! (A bit more casual, focus more on 'not doing' something)


  • 勉強(べんきょう)てよかったです

    I am glad that I studied.

  • 今日(きょう)デザート()べなくてよかったです

    I am glad that I didn't eat dessert today.

  • このバス()()てよかったです

    I am glad that I made it in time for this bus.

  • 今日(きょう)運動(うんどう)てよかった

    I'm glad that I exercised today.

  • ()らない(おも)ていたけど()って()てよかった

    I didn't think that I needed it, but I'm glad that I brought it.

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てよかった – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (12 in total)

  • Johnathan-Weir



    Been a while but I was looking into this again while I’m restudying N4 grammar and I think I’ve found an answer. So based on this link:

  • attn7124


    can てよかった be used to say something like “I am glad that he did something”?

    can it also be used to describe a situation like “he is glad that he did something”?

  • Daru


    Yes of course! The sentence just needs to reflect that as the ‘he’ part of the sentence is not dependent of てよかった.


    In a bit ...

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