JLPT N1 Grammar (to omoikiya)


To think [A], but [B]

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Learn Japanese grammar: (to omoikiya). Meaning: To think [A], but [B].

Grammar Notes

  • Both [A] and [B] can be different phrases using regular nouns or verbs, and they should contradict each other.
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Example #1

takarakuji ni atatta ka to omoikiya, bangou wo mimachigaete shimatta.
I thought I won the lottery, but I had read the number wrong..
Example #2

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 #3

yatto shiken ga owatte yasumeru ka to omoikiya, shukudai wo takusan dasaremashita.
I finished my exam and thought I could finally relax, but then got assigned a bunch of homework.
Example #4

nengajou no saigo no ichi mai wo 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..

Vocabulary List

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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