JLPT N1 Grammar (nari)

Meaning

as soon as; right after

How to use

Verb (dictionary form)なり

Learn Japanese grammar: (nari). Meaning: as soon as; right after.

This grammar point is used in connection with the standard dictionary form of a verb to indicate as soon as that verb takes place.

This grammar point is very similar to , which uses the verb’s past tense instead.

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Example #1

いえをでるなり、あめがふりだした。
ie o deru nari, ame ga furidashita.
It started raining as soon as I left the house.
Example #2

まどをあけるなり、へんなむしがはいってきた。
mado wo akeru nari, henna mushi ga haittekita.
As soon as I opened the window, some strange bug entered the room.
Example #3

あかんぼうは、わたしのかおをみるなり、おおごえでなきだした。
akanbou wa, watashi no kao o miru nari, oogoe de nakidashita.
Once the baby saw my face, it started crying.
Example #4

はいってくるなり、かれはたおれた。
haitte kuru nari, kare wa taoreta.
The instant he came in, he fell down.
Example #5

うちのむすこはがっこうからかえるなり、パソコンばっかり。
uchi no musuko wa gakkou kara kaeru nari, pasokon bakkari.
Once our son returns from school, all he does is use the computer.
Example #6

かれのすがたをみるなりわたしはきょうふでふるえた。
kare no sugata o miru nari watashi wa kyoufu de furueta.
I trembled with fear from the moment I saw him.
Example #7

しゃちょうはでんわをきるなり、へやをでていった。
shachou wa denwa wo kiru nari, heya wo dete itta.
The company president left the room as soon as they hung up the phone.
Example #8

キムさんはJLPTのけっかをみるなり、おおきなこえをだしてよろこんだ。
kimu san wa JLPT no kekka o miru nari, ookina koe o dashite yorokonda.
Kim shouted with joy after seeing the JLPT exam results.

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