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73. If II たら

A while back we found もし was a word that means “if.” たら is added to the end of verbs to give the meaning of “if this is done, then this will happen…”

It is formed by finding the simple past form and adding a ら.

あなたが来たら、彼は帰る。
anata ga kitara
kare wa kaeru
If you are coming, he will go home.

The simple past form of 来る is 来た.The second phrase is conditional on the たら phrase.

ゴジラに会ったら、どうしよう?
gojira ni at
tara doushiyou.
What should I do if I meet Godzilla?

You can also use it with nouns by using the simple past form of desu: だった

お金持ちだったら、大きな家が買えるのに。
okanemochi da
tara ookina ie ga kaeru noni.
If only I were rich, I could buy a large house.

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