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Learn JLPT N2 Grammar: かと思ったら/かと思うと (ka to omottara/ka to omou to)

Learn Japanese Grammar JLPT N2 Flashcard

Meaning: just when; no sooner than

Formation:

Verb-casual, past + かと思ったら/かと思うと/かと思えば

Example sentences:

娘が勉強を始めたかと思えば、もう居間でテレビを見ている。
musume ga benkyou o hajimeta ka to omoeba, mou ima de terebi o mite iru.
Just when I thought my daughted was studying, she’s already in the living room watching TV.

彼は家に着いたかと思うと玄関に倒れてしまった。
kare wa ie ni tsuita ka to omou to genkan ni taorete shimatta.
As soon as he reached the house, he collapsed at the entranceway.


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姉は出かけたかと思うとすぐ忘れ物を取りに帰ってきた。
ane wa dekaketa ka to omou to sugu wasuremono o tori ni kaette kita.
As soon as my big sister left, she came back to get something she forgot.

弟は、さっき起きてきたかと思ったら、また寝ている。
otouto wa, sakki okite kita ka to omottara, mata nete iru.
Just when I thought my little brother has waken up, he’s sleeping again.

急に空が暗くなったかと思うと、激しく雨が降り始めた。
kyuu ni sora ga kuraku natta ka to omou ka, hageshiku ame ga furi hajimeta.
As soon as the sky turned black, it started raining heavily.

彼女は忙しい人で、来たかと思ったら、もう帰ってしまった。
kanojo wa isogashii hito de, kita ka to omottara, mou kaette shimatta.
She’s a busy person. Just when I thought she had arrived, she had already left.

田中さんは「さようなら」と言ったかと思うと教室を飛び出していった。
tanaka san wa sayounara to itta ka to omou to kyoushitsu o tobidashite itta.
As soon as Tanaka said “goodbye”, he rushed out of the classroom.


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