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Learn JLPT N1 Grammar: そばから (soba kara)

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Meaning: as soon as

Formation:

Verb-dictionary form + そばから
Verb-casual, past + そばから

Example sentences:

言ったそばから彼女は後悔した。
itta soba kara kanojo wa koukai shita.
She was sorry for that speech the minute it was made.

片付けるそばから子供がおもちゃを散らかす。
katazukeru soba kara kodomo ga omocha o chirakasu.
The kids always scatter the toys around as soon as I clean it up.

月末になると、払うそばからまた別の請求書が来る。
getsumatsu ni naru to, harau soba kara mata betsu no seikyuusho ga kuru.
When the end of the month comes, as soon as I pay a bill another one arrives.

もう遅刻しないと言ったそばからまた遅れるなんて、彼は何を考えているのだろう。
mou chikoku shinai to itta soba kara mata okureru nante, kare wa nani o kangaete iru no darou.
As soon as he says “I won’t be late anymore,” he comes late again. What is he thinking?

祖父は、パソコンの使い方を教えても、教えるそばから忘れてしまう。
sofu wa, pasokon no tsukaikata o oshiete mo, oshieru soba kara wasurete shimau.
My grandfather forgets how to use a computer as soon as I teach her.

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