[JLPT grammar] と is used for constant results, but not for one-time occurrences.

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

If I had the money, I would buy a new car.


と is used for constant results, but not for one-time occurrences. In contrast, ば and たら can be used for hypothetical conditions that occur only once.

Using ば, you also consider the opposite condition, like “but the reality is that I can’t afford it because I don’t have the money…”. A たら sentence simply indicates a hypothetical condition.



I would go to Japan if I could get a vacation. (But in reality, I might not be able to take a vacation.)

I will go to Japan when I get a vacation.


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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