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At the time A
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さむ とき こたつ  はい   しあわ    
I'm happy when I get into (under) a kotatsu when it's cold.
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その  パレード           
There was a parade going by at the time.
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Don't make noise when I'm on the phone!
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            だけ         
While the others were playing, he was the only one studying.
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  から                    
I saw a large accident when I was coming home from work.

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まれたにすんでいました。
13 years ago (1) (1)
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めてこのんだに、びっくりしました
I was surprised (at that time) when I read this book for the first time.
13 years ago (0) (0)
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どもの、どこにんでいましたか。
When you were a child, where did you live?
13 years ago (0) (0)
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どものによくテレビゲームをしました。
When I was a child, I often played video games.
13 years ago (0) (0)
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ひまなはテレビをます。
In my free time, I watch TV.
13 years ago (3) (3)
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Construction
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AVerb: Dictionary Form
 
AAdjective
 
ANoun
 
AVerb: Casual, past (た)
 
AVerb: て-form いる
 
 
Basic Examples:
(when reading)

(when it's cold)

(When (I was) young)

(when (I'm) late)

(When (I was) a child)

した (When (I) studied)

している (When (I'm) driving)

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User notes
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If you would like to refer to a specific event such as "Time to sleep" or "Time to eat", you would use 「」(じかん) rather than 「」.

For example, べる would mean "Time to eat" while べる would mean "When (subject) eats".

The binds the time-frame as an event in itself rather than just referencing the time.
8 years ago
avatar HeadBanger - Level 1
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Form #3 above is awkward at best. The preferred way to describe a linear sequence of future events (A->B) is to use たら:


ったら、をします。 --- When I get to Japan, I'll call you.

いたら、きます。--- When I arrive at school, I'll ask the teacher.
10 years ago
avatar guest
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すみませんけどsolostyleのノートをんでったところがあったとう。
、めざましどけいをかけます。」といてある。しかし、「ねる」のは「る」です。
11 years ago
Aleksander169 - Level 1
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Three time relations exist between A and B:
- A and B take place simultaneously. (A=B)
- When A is completed, B takes place. (A->B)
- B takes place when A has yet to be completed. (B->A)

A's form determines how A and B are time-related.
B's form determines the overall tense of the sentence ('now').

Four combinations are possible:
#1. Verb A non-past 、B non-past。(A=B, B->A)
#2. Verb A non-past 、B past。(A=B, B->A)
#3. Verb A past 、B non-past。(A->B)
#4. Verb A past 、B past。(A->B)

Form #1:
きます。(A=B)
When I go to Japan, I will go by plane.
(Simultaneous.)

Form #2:
きました。(A=B)
When I went to Japan, I went by plane.
(Simultaneous.)

Form #1:
、めざましどけいをかけます。(B->A)
When I go to bed, I set my alarm clock.
(I set my alarm clock before going to bed.)

Form #2:
、めざましどけいをかけました。(B->A)
Same as above but past tense.

Form #3:
ったをします。(A->B)
When I get to Japan, I'll call you.

Form #4:
ったをしました。(A->B)
When I got to Japan, I called you.
11 years ago
avatar solostyle - Level 1
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Verb A + , if the second clause of the sentence took place after Verb A, then Verb A is in the short past form (かった). If the second clause takes place during or before Verb A, then Verb A is in the present short form, regardless of overall tense of the sentence.
12 years ago

Discussion about this grammar
Years Studied: 7
Studying: JLPT 2
Level: 1, : 17
For the forms with the meanings [ADJ] and [N] の  above, the "Construction" section reads [Verb]A+. I would suggest that the meaning should be listed as "At the time A" like the first entry, and the constructions should be changed to [Adjective]A+ and [Noun]A+の respectively.
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13 years ago
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Site admin
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Huh..I must have done the data entry wrong on this page :). Thanks for pointing it out, I'll fix it up asap!
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13 years ago
Years Studied: 7
Studying: JLPT 2
Level: 1, : 17
No problem :) Thanks for the site, it's a great way to study!
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13 years ago
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The constructions listed have Adjective, Noun and Verb repeated several times.
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12 years ago
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Site admin
Level: 62, : 5,642
Fixed!
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12 years ago
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Years Studied: 3
Studying: 2, N2/N1
Level: 2, : 90
I don't mean to comment here, but, I had just Posted my sentence and it disappeared. I can only see it under the MY SENTENCES tab, whereas I can usually see it at the top of the page. Is there something wrong? I would have really liked that sentence to be open for reviews since it was a sentence I wasn't entirely sure about. Thank you for your help in advance!
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12 years ago
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Sentences under My Sentences are viewable to the rest of the community. I think he just sorted it that way so you could find what you wrote a lot quicker.
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12 years ago
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Years Studied: 3
Studying: 2, N2/N1
Level: 2, : 90
I see, alright, thanks
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12 years ago
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Level: 62, : 5,642
I'll add a note to the my sentences tab to let users know that sentences under 'my sentences' will appear under 'user sentences' for all other users. Thanks for the idea!
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12 years ago
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Years Studied: 3
Studying: JLPT N3 & JLPT 2
Level: 1, : 94
This grammar point shows up in the new N3 grammar book (Unicom) saying the constructions are:
: + とき ()
:ている + とき ()
:た + とき ()
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11 years ago (Edited 11 years ago.)
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Level: 62, : 5,642
Added the additional ones! I can't wait to get back to Japan so I can buy some grammar books for the news levels. うらやましいなぁ.
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11 years ago
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Years Studied: 10
Studying: ビジネス
Level: 19, : 20
:D
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10 years ago
Level: 1, : 1
I'm confused about the Adjective+ part. In the first example, わかいとき (When (I was) young), can わかいとき really mean "When I was young." yet alone "When (I'm) young." Maybe in Japanese you can say this but its a little awquard in English to say "When young" unless your saying "When young, people make stupid choices." (It's still a bit awquard.) Normally, you would say, "Young people make stupid choices." (In English atleast.) As for the "When I was young" part, would you say わかかったとき? There is a descrepincy when using the present and past tenses of verbs so why wouldn't you use it for adjectives as well? I hope I'm being clear enough. I tried coming up with an example of my own to be a bit more clearer. If I was to say うれしいとき (When I'm happy) but wanted to say "When I was happy" would I still say うれしいとき or うれしかったとき? If it is correct to say うれしかったとき then わかいとき wouldn't translate to a past tense English meaning as well right? おいします
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8 years ago
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Unfortunately, Japanese doesn't use tense the same way English does, so trying to translate directly will often mess you up. In English, when you're discussing the past, both the main verb and the verbs in any subordinate clauses (things like "when I was young" will both be past tense. But in Japanese, the tense of any subordinate verbs (or adjectives) depends on their temporal relationship to the main verb. If they are occurring concurrently with the main verb, they will be in the present tense; if they're in the past tense, it means that they occurred before the main verb. So you'd probably see in a sentence like this: 、お寿いだった。 When young, I hated sushi. The main verb, だった, is past tense, so that makes the whole sentence past. い is present, not past, because the hating-sushi and the being-young occurred at the same time. As for your other concern - [quote]Maybe in Japanese you can say this but its a little awquard in English to say "When young" unless your saying "When young, people make stupid choices."[/quote] Right - it's awkward in English, but you can say it in Japanese. Japanese tends to omit subjects where they can be reasonably inferred from context. You could theoretically say or if you wanted to be really clear about the referent, but you will only really see this kind of word-for-word correspondence with English when... they are trying to approximate English grammar as literally as possible in Japanese, generally in English classes.
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8 years ago
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Studying: anything that catches my eye
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what's the difference between the dictionary form and the continual form? Does it have exactly the same nuance as the English examples? e.g. 1. うんてんするをつけて。When driving, take care. 2. うんてんしているをつける。When (I'm) driving, (I) take care.
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7 years ago (Edited 7 years ago.)
Level: 1, : 0

excuse me, what is the difference between ..(A:ta form +とき...+B:non past)

and (A:dictionary form+とき..B:non past)

espesially in tests..and also meaning of sentence ...

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6 years ago



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