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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。
She was sorry for that speech the minute it was made.
itta soba kara kanojo wa koukai shita.

 

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

 

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

 

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。
As soon as he says “I won’t be late anymore,” he comes late again. What is he thinking?
mou chikoku shinai to itta soba kara mata okureru nante, kare wa nani o kangaete iru no darou.

 

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。
My grandfather forgets how to use a computer as soon as I teach him.
sofu wa, pasokon no tsukaikata o oshiete mo, oshieru soba kara wasurete shimau.

 

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

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製材所はますます儲かっており、木場に在庫が入ってくるそばから飛ぶように売れていた。
The sawmill was thriving and the lumber yard selling all its supply easily.
seizaijo wa masumasu moukatte ori, kiba ni zaiko ga haitte kuru soba kara tobu you ni urete ita.


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彼は立ちあがって、中庭に向かった戸口へ行って、外を見た。中庭は人影もなくひっそりしていて、薄暗い光のなかで灰色に見えた。風は落ちて、夜中に降った雪は降るそばから消えていた。
He rose, and he went to the outer door upon the court and looked out. The court was still and empty and grey in the wan light. The wind was dead and the snow had melted as it fell in the night.
kare wa tachiagatte, naka ni wa ni mukatta toguchi e itte, soto o mita. nakaniwa wa hitokage mo naku hissori shite ite, usugurai hikari no naka de haiiro ni mieta. kaze wa ochite, yonaka ni futta yuki wa furu soba kara kiete ita.

 

トモヤは一体どこからそんな資金を手に入れたの?あの家には一銭の余裕もないことはあなたも知ってるでしょう。トモヤが稼いでくるそばから、アヤがぜんぶ使ってしまうんだもの。
Where on earth did Tomoya get the money? You know they never have a cent. Aya spends it as fast as he makes it.
tomoya wa ittai doko kara sonna shikin o te ni ireta no. ano ie ni wa issen no yoyuu mo nai koto wa anata mo shitteru deshou. tomoya ga kaseide kuru soba kara, aya ga zenbu tsukatte shimaun da mono.

 

アキコにこんな大胆な声明をさせるなんて、タクミはどんなことを書いていたかしら、とユミは罪悪感を覚えながら記憶をさぐってみたが、いままで読んだ手紙は読んだそばからほとんど内容を忘れてしまっていた。
Yumi’s guilty conscience stirred as she tried to recall what Takumi might have written that would lead Akiko to make such a statement, but most of the letters she had read had gone out of her head as soon as she finished reading them.
akiko ni konna daitan na seimei o saseru nante, takumi wa donna koto o kaite ita kashira, to yumi wa zaiakukan o oboenagara kioku o sagutte mita ga, ima made yonda tegami wa yonda soba kara hotondo naiyou o wasurete shimatte ita.

 


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