Decoded Slug: Verbる や否や (verb-ru ya ina ya)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verbる や否や (verb-ru ya ina ya)

Verbる や否や (verb-ru ya ina ya)

Short explanation:

Expresses the idea of 'as soon as', 'the moment'.


Verb-dictionary form + や否や


Kanojo ga ie ni kaeru ya ina ya, sugu ni terebi o tsukemashita.
As soon as she returned home, she turned on the TV.
Watashi ga yuubinbako o akeru ya ina ya, tegami ga ochimashita.
The moment I opened the mailbox, the letters fell out.
Kodomo-tachi wa gakkou ga owaru ya ina ya, kouen ni hashirimashita.
As soon as school was over, the children ran to the park.
Chichi ga shinbun o yomu ya ina ya, nanika ni furueteimashita.
The moment my father read the newspaper, he was trembling about something.

Long explanation:

The grammar point Verbる や否や is used to express the idea of something happening immediately after something else has taken place. It can be translated as 'as soon as', 'the moment'. The formation is always with a verb in dictionary form ending in 'る'.

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