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Learn JLPT N1 Grammar: ごとき/ごとく (gotoki/gotoku)

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Meaning: like; as if; the same as

Formation:

Verb-dictionary form + ごとく
Verb-casual, past + ごとく
Noun + ごとく
Noun + ごとき

Example sentences:

パトカーサイレンを鳴らしてナイフのごとく車の群れを切り裂きました。
patokaa sairen o narashite naifu no gotoku kuruma no mure o kirisakimashita.
The police car siren parted the traffic like a knife.

暑い日に草むしりをしていたら、汗が滝のごとく流れてきた。
atsui hi ni kusamushiri o shite itara, ase ga taki no gotoku nagarete kita.
When I weeded the garden on a hot day, I sweat like a waterfall.

今回のごとき事件は二度と起こしてはならない。
konkai no gotoki jiken wa nido to okoshite wa naranai.
We can’t let something like this happen again.

わたしのごとき未熟者にそんな重要な役割が果たせるでしょうか。
watashi no gotoki mijukumono ni sonna juuyou na yakuwari ga hataseru deshou ka.
Will someone with no experience like me be able to finish such an important task?

君ごとき若者に、まだまだわたしは負けまないよ。
kimi gotoki wakamono ni, madamada watashi wa makenai yo.
I won’t lose to a youngster like you.


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彼のごとき人物は忘れられて当然だ。
kare no gotoki jinbutsu wa wasurerarete touzen da.
It’s only natural for people to forget a guy like him.

彼女はまるで自分が女王であるかのごとく振舞っている。
kanojo wa maru de jibun ga joou de aru ka no gotoku furumatte iru.
She’s acting as if she were the Queen.

泥棒が脱兎のごとく店を飛び出した。
dorobou ga datto no gotoku mise o tobidashita.
The thief ran out of the store with lightning speed.

Similar grammar:

そうに / そうな (sou ni / sou na): seem, look like
まるで (marude): as if, as though
ように/ような (you ni/you na): as, like, just as
のように/のような (no you ni/no you na): like, similar to
かのよう (ka no you): as if, just like
そうだ (sou da): look like, seem
ようだ (you da): it appears that
らしい (rashii): seem like
みたい (mitai): sort of, similar to


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