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"You should exercise more."


March 4, 2018



Is よ really necessary here?


よ makes this more light-hearted like offering advice to a friend. Such as: "that's just my opinion, you know"


Why the した in the past tense?


It makes it less direct and more of a suggestion, i.e. "if you gave up smoking, it would be good" instead of "you should give up smoking". Non-past is okay, though.


In the past tense it becomes an idiomatic phrase similar in feeling to the English "You had better.."

In the present tense it becomes more like "should do" but it is not usually the best way to say "You should..", though learners often overuse it.


I think we can omit よ and the sentence still works fine.


Still says it is wrong if you omit the "yo" though.

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"It's good to be did-more-exercises person, you know"


Why is 方 here?


方がいい is a set phrase following verbs which means "would be better if..."


So, it's literally, "the good way/path"?


the better way:) Whatever adjective comes after 方が becomes comparative. We have already had sentences like その青いぼうしよりこの赤いぼうしの方がかわいいです This red hat is cuter than that blue hat


i love it when there's more kanji for me to read, even if none of it makes sense, i can at least learn the meaning of the sentence.

duo is trying to make it easy still on some questions or they just haven't added the kanji yet, but ほうがいい makes NO sense to me and i don't know how to look it up.

if it said 〇した方がいい to start with, i can assume the rest searching 方【direction / way / side / area】

is there any kind of a service that can convert Japanese into full ancient kanji?

like こんにちは -> 今日(wa)


I'd like to know too


Is it wrong to say もっとうんどうするのほうがいいです?


No, that's not wrong. That's actually what you always hear. It's root form of the verb plus の方がいい, 9 out of ten times.


They didn't even include an exclamation mark or anything to let you know to use yo


It could mean "I should..." or "one should..." as well, wouldn't it? It's all about the context, isn't it?


Yes. You are correct. The sentence assumes the subject is known due to context, and since there is no context, the subject could be any first, second or third person pronoun.

I should exercise more
you should exercise more
we should exercise more ...


Yeah it all depends on what is said before this sentence. For example, if 毎日私は食べすぎだ is said, the context of this would be you, and if 毎日あなたは食べすぎだ is said, the context of this would be I.


I think もっと運動すればいい(です) could work in this context too.


Sureba is a conditional, so that would mean 'if you worked out more'. Which I think also works. I don't think duo has introduced conditionals yet in the course where this lesson is listed, so maybe that's why it isn't counted?


What about べき for should?


This doesn't sound right. You normally hear 運動するの方がいい

Having it in the past tense is incorrect.


Nope. This is a perfectly normal construction and yours is wrong. You can do 運動する方がいい ("better if you do exercise"), 運動した方がいい ("better if you exercised"; this is also more casual, using た form as plain rather than past) or to negate it with, 運動しない方がいい ("better if you didn't exercise"). You only use の before 方 when you're comparing nouns, not verbs.

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