JLPT N2 Grammar (ka~nai ka no uchi ni)

Meaning

right after; as soon as

How to use

Verb
(dict. form /
casual / past)
か + Verb
(ない form)
うちに
かのうちに

Learn Japanese grammar: (ka~nai ka no uchi ni). Meaning: right after; as soon as.

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Example #1

じゅぎょうがおわるかおわらないかのうちにかれはきょうしつをでた。
jugyou ga owaru ka owaranai ka no uchi ni kare wa kyoushitsu o deta.
He left the classrom as soon as class ended.
Example #2

かれがでんしゃがとまるかとまらないかのうちにホームにとびおりた。
kare ga densha ga tomaru ka tomaranai ka no uchi ni hoomu ni tobiorita.
He jumped onto the platform just as the train stopped.
Example #3

かいしゃにつくかつかないかのうちにあめがふりだしました。
kaisha ni tsuku ka tsukanai ka no uchi ni ame ga furidashi mashita.
It started raining just as I arrived at the company.
Example #4

とてもつかれていたのだろう。ソファーによこになるかならないかのうちにねむってしまった。
totemo tsukareteita no darou. sofaa ni yoko ni naruka naranai ka no uchi ni nemutte shimatta.
I must have been really tired. I passed out right away after sitting on my sofa.
Example #5

しんごうがあかからあおにかわるかかわらないかのうちに、せんとうのバイクがとびだしていった。
shingou ga aka kara ao ni kawaru ka kawaranai ka no uchi ni, sentou no baiku ga tobidashiteitta.
Just as the light changed from red to green, the bike in the front darted off.
Example #6

とてもおなかがすいていたのだろう。テーブルにすわるかすわらないかのうちにたべはじめた。
totemo onaka ga suiteita no darou. teeburu ni suwaru ka suwaranai ka no uchi ni tabe hajimeta.
I must have been really hungry. I started eating immediately as I sat down at the table.
Example #7

となりのひとにペンをかしてほしいといわれたので、かしてあげた。おどろいたことに、うちらが「はい、どうぞ」というかいわないかのうちに、とってつかいはじめたのだ。
tonari no hito ni pen o kashite hoshii to iwareta no de, kashite ageta. odoroita koto ni, uchi ga "hai, douzo" to iu ka iwanai ka no uchi ni, totte tsukai hajimeta no da.
The person next to me asked to borrow a pen and so I lent them one. What surprised me though was they immediately took it and started using it right after I said "OK".

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