Decoded Slug: Verb たら最後 (〜tara saigo)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verb たら最後 (〜tara saigo)

Verb たら最後 (〜tara saigo)

Short explanation:

Expresses that once a certain action happens, a situation changes irreversibly; 'once', 'after'.


Verb-た form + 最後


Kono geemu wo hajimetara saigo, jikan no tatsu no wo wasurete shimaimasu.
Once you start this game, you lose track of time.
Kare wa biiru wo ippai nomihajimetara saigo, tomaranaku narimasu.
Once he starts drinking a beer, he can't stop.
Kono hon wo yomihajimetara saigo, ichinichi de dokusya shite shimaimashita.
Once I started reading this book, I ended up finishing it in a day.
Kare ni okorasetara saigo, nakanaka yurushite kuremasen.
Once you make him angry, he doesn't easily forgive.

Long explanation:

The たら最後 grammar point is used to convey that once a certain action takes place, the situation changes in an irreversible way, usually for the worse. In English, this could be translated as 'once' or 'after'. To form たら最後, conjugate the verb to た-form (past tense) and attach '最後'.

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