JLPT N1 Grammar (taga saigo)


once [A] occurs, [B] happens

How to use

Verb (past)が最後

Learn Japanese grammar: (taga saigo) / (tara saigo). Meaning: once [A] occurs, [B] happens.

This grammar point expresses a type of cause and effect type of relation. Once [A] occurs, then [B] while occur. It seems to express a pattern that this cause and effect relationship occurs regularly.

  • Both [A] and [B] should be different actions.
  • たが and たら are interchangeable before 最後(さいご).
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Example #1

okusan wa, ittan neta ga saigo, asa made okinai.
Once my wife falls asleep, she doesn't wake up until morning.
Example #2

kare wa geemu sentaa ni haitta ga saigo, nakanaka dete konai.
Once he enters the arcade, he doesn't leave..
Example #3

musume wa ganko de ittan iidashi tara saigo, dare no iu koto ni mo mimi wo katamukenai.
My daughter is a little bit stubborn, so once someone says something, regardless of who it is, she will not listen..
Example #4

uchi no ko wa ittan asobi ni detara saigo, kuraku naru made modotte konai.
Once our child goes off to play, they won't come back until it gets dark.

Vocabulary List

一旦いったんonce; breifly
耳を傾けるみみをかたむけるto listen; lend an ear

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