JLPT N1 Grammar (ka to omoikiya)

Meaning

contrary to expectations; or so we thought, but ~

How to use

Verb (casual form)(か)と思いきや
Noun + (だ)
な-adjective + (だ)
い-adjective + い

Learn Japanese grammar: 【かとおもいきや】(ka to omoikiya). Meaning: contrary to expectations; or so we thought, but ~.

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Example #1

きょうはいちにちじゅうはれるとおもいきや、ごごからざあざあふりになった。
kyou wa ichinichijuu hareru to omoikiya, gogo kara zaazaa furi ni natta.
I thought it would be sunny all day today, but it started to rain in the afternoon.
Example #2

このえいがはホラーかとおもいきや、じつはコメディえいがだった。
kono eiga wa horaa ka to omoikiya, jitsu wa komedi eiga datta.
I thought this movie was a horror movie, but it was actually a comedy movie.
Example #3

たからくじにあたったかとおもいきや、ばんごうをみまちがえてしまった。
takarakuji ni atatta ka to omoikiya, bangou o mimachigaete shimatta.
I thought I won the lottery, but I had read the number wrong..
Example #4

やっとふじさんのちょうじょうについたとおもいきや、まだ8ごうめだった。
yatto fujisan no choujou ni tsuita to omoikiya, mada hachi goume datta.
I thought I had finally reached the peak of Mt. Fuji, but then realized I was still only at the 8th aid station.
Example #5

やっとどうろこうじがおわったので、これからはしずかになるだろうとおもいきや、べつのこうじがはじまった。
yatto douro kouji ga owatta node, kore kara wa shizuka ni naru darou to omoikiya, betsu no kouji ga hajimatta.
Finally the road construction ended and I thought it would be quiet from now on, but another construction started.
Example #6

やっとしけんがおわってやすめるかとおもいきや、しゅくだいをたくさんだされました。
yatto shiken ga owatte yasumeru ka to omoikiya, shukudai o takusan dasaremashita.
I finished my exam and thought I could finally relax, but then got assigned a bunch of homework.
Example #7

ねんがじょうのさいごの1まいをかきおわったかとおもいきや、10まいもまだのこっていた。
nengajou no saigo no ichi mai o kakiowatta ka to omoikiya, juu mai mo mada nokotteita.
I thought I had finished writing my last new year card, but there were still 10 remaining..
Example #8

しけんもんだいはかんたんだったので、まんてんをとれるとおもいきや、なまえをかくのをわすれて0てんにされてしまった。
shikenmondai wa kantan datta node, manten o toreru to omoikiya, namae o kaku no o wasurete 0 ten ni sarete shimatta.
The exam questions were easy, so I thought I could get a perfect score, but I forgot to write my name and got 0 points.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
宝くじたからくじlottery
頂上ちょうじょうpeak; summit
8合目8ごうめ8th aid station (fuji)
年賀状ねんがじょうnew years card

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