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As soon as A occurred; right after A
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    する                
No sooner had I returned home than I got in the bath.
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Right after I emailed her, I got a call from her.

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Basic Examples:
ベルいか (as soon as the bell rings)

Related Expressions
たとたん
なり
や、やいなや
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emmy
Level: 3
(12 years ago)
いか is similar to やや but can take as well as past simple whereas やや can only take . Also やや implies a shorter time interval or even "simultaneously" than いか. There's also a slight difference in the following action. マスター says that after がいか comes がある and after やや comes .
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mysticfive
Level: 1590
(13 years ago)
this is functionally the same as, but less formal than, や
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Discussion about this grammar
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Spaygon
Level: 22

I have read on another web that said the second clause cant be something relate to nature phenomenon, but why the Example has the するがいか、りだしました。one??? Really confused

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1 month ago
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マイコー
Level: 259

I checked out two paper dictionaries (one in English, one in Japanese), and a website, and did not see any specific mention of any restrictions in the second category. Can you point out where you saw it?

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gdartfow
Level: 1478

I found multiple websites saying the consequent should be a volitional verb, so natural phenomena shouldn't be used with this pattern, e.g.:

https://blognihongo.com/n1/grammar_gahayaika/

https://yasuwangblog.com/gahayaika/

https://jn1et.com/gahayaika/

https://www.edewakaru.com/archives/8598200.html

Neither DoAJG nor Bunkei Jiten explicitly mention it, but their example sentences do seem to be in line with that...

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マイコー
Level: 259

Thanks! To be safe, I'll adjust that sentence.

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