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Decoded Slug: Verbる ともなしに Verb (Verb-ru tomonashi ni Verb)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verbる ともなしに Verb (Verb-ru tomonashi ni Verb)

Verbる ともなしに Verb (Verb-ru tomonashi ni Verb)

Short explanation:

This phrase is used to express doing something unintentionally or without conscious thought.


Verb-dictionary + ともなしに + Verb


Hon o yomu tomonashi ni nemutte shimatta.
I ended up falling asleep while reading the book without really meaning to.
Karui kimochi de tegami o kaku tomonashi ni, kare ni honshin o kokuhaku shita.
While I was writing a letter casually, I ended up confessing my true feelings to him.
Sanpo o suru tomonashi ni, atarashii cafe o mitsuketa.
While I was walking without a particular destination in mind, I found a new cafe.
Youfuku o seiri suru tomonashi ni, mukashi no shashin o mitsuketa.
While I was organizing my clothes without thinking about it, I happened upon some old photos.

Long explanation:

Verbる ともなしに Verb is a Japanese grammar point used to express doing something without particularly intending to do it; often something happens due to unconscious habit or without a particular reason. It usually involves an action done indirectly or without conscious thought. There are usually two verbs in the sentence: the first verb (in dictionary form) is the unintentional action, and the second one is the result or what you ended up doing.

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