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It would have been better if A (was done)
Shows regret over not doing A. Changes to 'would have been better if A wasn't done' if A is in a negative potential form (なくてよかった)
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あの ゲーム        よかった  
I should have bought that game.
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もっと        よかった   
It would have been better if I had studied more.

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AVerb: ~ば (Conditional)
よかった
のに
Basic Examples:
けばよかった ((I) should have gone)

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マイコー
Level: 141
(12 years ago)
のに is used when the speaker is remarking on the failure of someone else. It is not used when someone is talking about themselves.
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Years Studied: 8
Studying: JLPT N2
Level: 1, : 171
It says のに is optional. What does it mean if you use it? Does something come after it, if it's used?
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12 years ago
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Level: 141, : 7,149
Added a usage note above to address it. Hope that helps!
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12 years ago
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Years Studied: 3
Studying: JLPT N3 & JLPT 2
Level: 1, : 100
しぶり。

I think it should be "verb: conditional" rather than Verb: Potential because of the ば.
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11 years ago
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Level: 141, : 7,149
You're correct, it was an entry error. Fixed, thanks!
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11 years ago
Level: 1, : 1
[quote author=beckyr16 link=topic_id=5097&post_id=24779#rmsg_24779 date=1290392083]It says のに is optional. What does it mean if you use it? Does something come after it, if it's used?[/quote] I think if のに is added, it means "however".
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8 years ago



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