How likely is my father to be in Tokyo now?
Today’s Grammar Point: ～たはず
～はず is used to describe a natural consequence (is supposed to, should) or a plan (is scheduled to) but when はず is used with a たform verb (past plain form), it often describes an action which should have taken place but actually didn’t and ～たはず implies the speaker’s surprise or regret. ～たはず can also be used when the speaker is making a guess on somebody else’s action in the past which the speaker does not know for sure if it actually happened or not.
- [たform verb] + はず（だ/です）
たform verb is the past plain form of a verb
I should have put the key here, but I can’t find it.
I should have already paid.
My grandpa should have returned home within yesterday.
I should have passed if I had studied more.
I think I told you that you shouldn’t do that.
I should have done my homework, but I can’t find my notebook.
I should have seen this movie, but I don’t remember what happened.
I should have bought the book, but I can’t find it.
I thought my father had gone to Tokyo.
I should have made a note about it, but I don’t remember.
Answer to Today’s Question: Not sure.
The speaker thinks his father went to Tokyo but the speaker doesn’t have the way to confirm it.
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