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Decoded Slug: ~つもりでした (〜tsumori deshita)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~つもりでした (〜tsumori deshita)

~つもりでした (〜tsumori deshita)

Short explanation:

Expressing a past intention or plan; 'was planning to', 'intended to', 'meant to'.


Verb-casual + つもりでした


Kinou wa tomodachi ni au tsumori deshita ga, kaze wo hiite shimatta.
I was planning to meet my friend yesterday, but I caught a cold.
Eiga wo miru tsumori deshita ga, jikan ga nakunarimashita.
I intended to watch a movie, but I ran out of time.
Karera ga kuru tsumori deshita ga, denwa de kyanseru saremashita.
I thought they were coming, but they canceled on the phone.
Kono hon wo yomu tsumori deshita ga, mou yomiowatta koto ni kizukimashita.
I meant to read this book, but I later realized I had already finished it.

Long explanation:

The ~つもりでした grammar point is used to express a past intention or plan that didn't happen or a past belief that was wrong. It can be translated as 'was planning to', 'intended to', or 'meant to' in English. The formation is used with a verb in its casual form.

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