Decoded Slug: ~たかと思ったら (〜ta ka to omottara)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~たかと思ったら (〜ta ka to omottara)

~たかと思ったら (〜ta ka to omottara)

Short explanation:

Express a sequence of events happening in quick succession or immediately following; 'as soon as', 'no sooner than'.


Verb-たform + かと思ったら


Denwa wo kaketa ka to omottara, sugu ni kanojo ga deta.
As soon as I made the phone call, she picked up.
Ririku shita ka to omottara, hikouki ga yurehajimeta.
No sooner had we taken off than the plane began to shake.
Kaimono ni itta ka to omottara, ame ga futtekita.
As soon as I went shopping, it started raining.
Shigoto wo owatta ka to omottara, joushi ga tsuika no shigoto wo motte kita.
As soon as I finished my work, my boss brought additional tasks.

Long explanation:

The ~たかと思ったら grammar point is used to indicate that one action occurs immediately or quickly after another action has occurred, translating to 'as soon as' or 'no sooner than' in English. The formation adds the structure to a verb in the past tense (た-form).

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