Japanese to English translation help?
  • Hi. I'm trying to read a book with my limited knowledge and making very slow progress, but progress none the less. Anyway I came upon this little nugget: 言ぇばいいのに
    I guess it's the 言ぇば part that confuses me? Or maybe I'm just missing something obvious? I'm a beginner so that very well may be the case. Thanks in advance for any help.
  • You shouldn't really pay attention to that. It's just stylistic phenomenon. You may also come across something like 良い助言ゎありますか。 instead of 良い助言はありますか。

    It does not influence the meaning whatsoever.
  • 言ぇば is the -えば conditional form of 言う which translates in 'if X does -' so I guess it'd be something like 'although X says it's good' but I'd wait for someone with better skills than I to give you a translation you could trust for sure. Hope this helps.
  • Yes, when it's ~ば form that confuses you, it is simple conditional. When it's ぇ, then it is what I said : )
  • 言えばいいのに is something like a "counterfactual".

    ~ばいいのに = "It would be good if..." (but actually it's not like that).

    言えばいいのに (even though) (somebody) should say so... (they don't).

    気に入らないことがあるならハッキリ言えばいいのに...
    = even though he should just say it clearly if there's something he doesn't like.
    (describing somebody who complains under his breath or acts unsatisfied with a situation without being specific about what the problem is).
  • Correct me if I'm wrong, but would it be accurate to translate the ーえばいいのに ending as something like "could just...?"

    For example, I might translate the example sentence jenlit gave as: "If there's something he doesn't like, he could just say so. "

    Doesn't it imply some measure of annoyance or irritation on the part of the speaker?

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