Decoded Slug: Verbる が早いか (verb-ru ga hayai ka)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verbる が早いか (verb-ru ga hayai ka)

Verbる が早いか (verb-ru ga hayai ka)

Short explanation:

Express 'as soon as' or 'the moment when'.


Verb [ます stem] + が早いか


Heya ni hairu ga hayai ka, kare wa terebi o tsuketa.
The moment he entered the room, he turned on the TV.
Densha ni noru ga hayai ka, watashi wa sugu ni nemutte shimatta.
As soon as I boarded the train, I fell asleep.
Kanojo ga miru ga hayai ka, sugu ni naki hajimeta.
The moment she looked, she started to cry.
Kyuuryou o morau ga hayai ka, subete o tsukaihatashite shimatta.
As soon as I received my salary, I spent it all.

Long explanation:

The grammar point 'Verbる が早いか' is used to express that something happens immediately after something else, comparable to the English expressions 'as soon as' or 'the moment when'. It is generally used with a verb in the ます stem (also known as the continuative form) before が早いか.

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