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Learn JLPT N1 Grammar: や否や (ya ina ya)

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Meaning: the moment that; no sooner than; as soon as

Formation:

Verb-dictionary form + や/や否や

Example sentences:

彼が家から出てゆくやいなや、例の旅の男がはいってきた。
kare ga ie kara deteyuku ya ina ya, rei no tabi no otoko ga haitte kita.
As soon as he left the house, that traveller came in.

会社に着くや否や、またまたいいことが起こった。
kaisha ni tsuku ya ina ya, matamata ii koto ga okotta.
No sooner had I arrived at the company than something good happened.

不運な娘が眼をとじるやいなやジョンは手紙をひらこうと思った。
fuun na musume ga me o tojiru ya ina ya jon wa tegami o hirakou to omotta.
The unhappy girl had hardly closed her eyes when John began to think of unfolding the letter.


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わたしはその人の顔を人目見るや否や、10年前に別れた恋人だと気がついた。
watashi wa sono hito no kao o hitome miru ya ina ya, juunen mae ni wakareta koibito da to ki ga tsuita.
The moment I saw that man’s face, I realized right away that he was the man I broke up with 10 years ago.

彼が登場するや否や、会場から割れんばかりの拍手が沸き起こった。
kare ga toujou suru ya ina ya, kaijou kara waren bakari no hakushu ga wakiokotta.
The moment he appeared on stage, the audience burst into thunderous applause.

ドアが開くや、猫が飛び出してきた。
doa ga hiraku ya, neko ga tobidashite kita.
As soon as the door opened, the cat jumped out.

ベルが鳴るや否や、学生たちはいっせいに書き始めた。
beru ga naru ya ina ya, gakuseitachi wa issei ni kaki hajimeta.
As soon as the bell rang, the students started writing.

授業が始まるや否や、彼は眠りを始めた。
jugyou ga hajimaru ya ina ya, kare wa nemuri o hajimeta.
As soon as the class began, he started dozing off.

その男の人は部屋に入るや否や、いきなり大声で怒鳴り始めた。
sono otoko no hito wa heya ni hairu ya ina ya, ikinari oogoe de dorani hajimeta.
That man started yelling right after he entered the room.

食卓に到着するや否や、彼女が詰め寄った。
shokutaku ni touchaku suru ya ina ya, kanojo ga tsumeyotta.
She cornered me just as I arrived at the dining table.


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