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~のに

Usage:

Dictionary form of Verb + のに
Past Tense Form of Verb + のに


Meaning:

「~のに」means “You should have…”.

Note:
You can use this when you want to blame somebody for doing or not doing something.

Examples:

友達ともだちだとおもってたのに
I thought you were my friend.

でんすればよかったのに
You should’ve phoned.

だまってればよかったのに
You should have kept your mouth shut.

もっとべんきょうすればいいのに
You must study more.

きみ一緒いっしょればよかったのに
I wish you could have come with me.

もっとはやればよかったのに
You should have come earlier.

わたしことくべきだったのに
You should have listened to me.

紅茶こうちゃたのんだのにコーヒーがた。
He brought me coffee, when I had asked for tea.

わたしはここにいるのに、なんでいてくれないですか。
Why don’t you ask me even though I’m here?

わたしはそうったのに、また失敗しっぱいしたの。
You failed again even though I said it.
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2 thoughts on “~のに

  1. Should probably be mentioned somewhere here that it introduces a “even though” aspect in the dialog. The current meaning doesn’t seem right.

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    1. I agree completely as well. I had to refer to other sources, primarily: https://www.wasabi-jpn.com/japanese-grammar/reverse-conditions/#2 to really understand what was going on here.

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