Wednesday, February 13, 2019

よければ, Yokereba - Meaning in Japanese

In Japanese, yokereba よければ, also spelled yokereba 良ければ, means "if you'd like to," or "if you want to."
  • yokereba yonde kudasai
    よければ読んでください
    If you'd like, please read [it].
    • Please read if you'd like.

It's basically synonymous with yokattara よかったら, the only difference being that yokereba is more polite.[「よければ」と「よかったら」の違いについて - detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp, 2019-02-13]

Grammatically, yokereba is the ba-form of yoi よい.

Examples

For reference, some examples of yokereba in Japanese:
  • yokereba renraku kudasai
    良ければ連絡ください
    Please contact [me] if you'd like.
  • yokereba goran kudasai
    良ければご覧ください
    Please look if you'd like.
  • yokereba oshiete kudasai
    よければ教えてください
    Please teach [me] if you'd like.
  • yokereba tsukatte kudasai
    よければ使ってください
    Please use [it] if you'd like.

Synonyms

Note that, besides yokattara, there are other words that are synonymous with yokereba:
  • yoroshikattara よろしかったら
    (tara-form of yoroshii よろしい)
  • yoroshikereba よろしければ
    (ba-form of yoroshii)

These would be more polite than yokereba, which is more polite than yokattara.

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