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方が [ほうが] (houga)
    Meaning: (often it'd be better to do __) Such-and-such an option is something
    Example: You'd better study then.
    JLPT Level: 3
    Category: grammar
    Author: Amatuka

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  Notes:  
Format: ta-form of verb or nonpast, negative form of verb + ほうがいい(です)
 
(Roxsan)

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ex #908   3月1日の方が都合がよいのですが。 
We feel that March 1 would be more convenient.  
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(Amatuka)
ex #910   9時以降に電話した方が安いですか。 
Is it cheaper to call after 9:00?  
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(Amatuka)
ex #911   物事を生半可に知っているくらいなら全然知らない方がましだ。 
I would rather not know a thing at all than know it imperfectly.  
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(Amatuka)
ex #912   遅くても着実な方が競争に勝つ。 
Slow but sure wins the race.  
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(Amatuka)
ex #913   私は肉より魚の方がいい。 
I prefer fish to meat.  
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(Amatuka)
ex #6994   無理をしない方がいいですよ。  
You'd better not push yourself too much.  
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(agnestan)
ex #8055   もう帰ったほうがいいですか。 
Had I better go home now?  
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(lenzras)

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AmatukaTwo forms,
" no hou ga ___" (e.g. 3月1日の 方が 都合がよい)
" no hou ga ___" (e.g. 電話した方が安い)
If the verb is positive it is usually past tense, even if you are talking about actions to be taken in the future.
If the verb is negative it does not need to be put into past tense.
 
AmatukaSeveral forms,
" no hou ga ___" (e.g. 3月1日の 方が 都合がよい)
" na hou ga ___" (e.g. 着実な 方が 競争に勝つ)
" no hou ga ___" (e.g. 電話した方が安い)
If the verb is positive it is usually past tense, even if you are talking about actions to be taken in the future.
If the verb is negative it does not need to be put into past tense.
 
BuakuAmatuka-san, is the 'no' in your 'verb no hou ga __'supposed to be there? If it is, then it is missing from your example. 
popwhat's happening with い-adjective. Is it simply: い-adjective 方が__ 

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