Vocabulary dictionary

Kanji dictionary

Grammar dictionary

Sentence lookup


If A is the case...
Followed by a statement which is different from expectations. Ex: A is a good thing, but bad results follow. A and B are the same verb/noun/adjective.
      じゃなかった けど   ったら  った   しかった  
I wasn't interested in a trip, but after going I had fun.
 しい     しい けど  なかったら ない  どうにか なる  
I want some new electronics, but even if I don't get them, I'll make do.

Getting the sentences
(Elements in parentheses are optional.)
AVerb: Casual, past (た) BVerb: Casual, past (た)
ANoun なら BNoun
Aな-adjective なら Bな-adjective
Aい-adjective -い かったら Bい-adjective
Basic Examples:
れたられた (Clear skies are good but...)

きれいならきれい (being pretty is nice, but...)

かったら (being cheap is good, but...)

Where this grammar is found

User notes
No user notes have been added. Logged-in users can add user notes.

Discussion about this grammar
Years Studied: since 2000
Studying: のため、だから
Level: 533, : 4,671
this pattern doesn't need to be a positive statement followed by a negative - for example; 便せんがなかったらないで、コピーでもいません。 If there's no letter-writing paper available, photocopy paper will do.
10 years ago
Site admin
Level: 55, : 5,134
Good catch, I've updated the definition.
10 years ago
Studying: Until I'm satisfied.
Level: 1, : 138
The third example under the construction section has a typo. かったりいで (being cheap is good, but...) should be かったらいで (being cheap is good, but...)
6 years ago
Site admin
Level: 55, : 5,134

Great catch! Fixed.

6 years ago


Sorry, there was an error on renshuu! If it's OK, please describe what you were doing. This will help us fix the issue.

Characters to show:

Use your mouse or finger to write characters in the box.
■ Katakana ■ Hiragana