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Learn JLPT N1 Grammar: と思いきや (to omoikiya)

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Meaning: I thought…; or so we thought

Formation:

Phrase 1 + と思いきや + Phrase 2

Example sentences:

前進を続けると思いきや、リーダーは退却の命令を発した。
zenshin o tsuzukeru to omoikiya, riidaa wa taikyaku no meirei o hasshita.
I thought we’d advance, but our leader ordered us to retreat.

彼は海辺の町で育ったと聞いていたので、さぞかし泳ぎがうまいだろうと思いきや、水に浮くこともできないらしい。
kare wa umibe no machi de sodatta to kiite ita node, sazokashi oyogi ga umai darou to omoikiya, mizu ni uku koto mo dekinai rashii.
I heard that he was raised in a town near the beach so I thought he must be good at swimming, but it seems that he can’t even float.

テレビが直ったと思いきや、またすぐに壊れてしまった。
terebi ga naotta to omoikiya, mata sugu ni kowarete shimatta.
I thought the TV has been fixed, but it was broken again.

試験問題は簡単だったので、満点を取れたと思いきや、名前を書くのを忘れてゼロ点にされてしまった。
shiken mondai wa kantan datta node, manten o toreta to omoikiya, namae o kaku no o wasurete zero ten ni sarete shimatta.
The questions were easy so I thought I would get perfect score, but I forgot to write my name so I got a zero.


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さぞや明るい男だと思いきや、実は、孤独で悩み多き男だった。
sazoya akarui otoko da to omoikiya, jitsu wa, kodoku de nayami ooki otoko datta.
I thought he was a cheerful man, but in reality he was a lonely and troubled man.

やっと富士山の頂上に着いたと思いきや、まだ8合目だった。
yatto fujisan no choujou ni tsuita to omoikiya, mada hachi goume datta.
I thought I reached the top of Mount Fuji, but I was only at the 8th station.

不合格になったと思いきや、意外なことに合格の通知が来た。
fugoukaku ni natta to omoikiya, igai na koto ni goukaku no tsuuchi ga kita.
I thought I failed, but to my surprise I received notification of passing the exam.

Similar grammar:

や否や (ya ina ya): the moment that, no sooner than
と思いきや (to omoikiya): or so we thought
かと思ったら/かと思うと (ka to omottara/ka to omou to): no sooner than
た瞬間に (ta shunkan ni): the moment something happens


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