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(た-Form VERB + 方がいい) as “should VERB/best to do VERB”)

(た-Form VERB + 方がいい) as “should VERB/best to do VERB”)

The literal translation of this grammar pattern, た-Form VERB + 方がいい, is “doing VERB is better” but the grammar pattern is more naturally interpreted as “X should do VERB” or “X had better do VERB.”

Example(s):

来月はクリスマスだから、お金を節約した方がいいと思う。
Raigetsu wa Christmas dakara, okane o setsuyaku shita hou ga ii to omou.
(Since next month is Christmas, I think it’s best to save money.)

毎日運動した方がいいですよ。
Mainichi undou shita hou ga ii desuyo.
(You should exercise every day.)

質問があったら、先生に尋ねた方がいいと思います。
Shitsumon ga attara, sensei ni tazuneta hou ga ii to omoimasu.
(If you have any questions, I think it’s best to ask the teacher.)