Decoded Slug: Noun の手前 (~no temae)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Noun の手前 (~no temae)

Noun の手前 (~no temae)

Short explanation:

Expresses the idea of 'Before doing action; on the verge of'.


Noun + の手前


Shiken no temae, asobi ni iku no wa yameta hou ga ii.
Just before the exam, it's better to stop going to play.
Kanojo to wakareru no temae, omoinaoshimashita.
Just before breaking up with her, I had a change of heart.
Shimekiri no temae de, yatto repōto ga kansei shimashita.
Just before the deadline, I finally finished the report.
Senkyo no temae, seiji no hanashi ga ooku narimasu.
Just before the election, there will be a lot of political talk.

Long explanation:

This grammar point is used to express the idea of being on the verge of doing something or just before the action takes place. It can be translated to English as 'Before doing ////'. Nouns that are frequently used with this structure often denote some kind of action or event.

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