JLPT N1 Grammar (nari)

How to use

Verb (dictionary form)なり

Learn Japanese grammar: なり (nari). Meaning: as soon as

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

miru nari

As soon as I saw

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

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Example #1

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 #2

uchi no musuko wa gakkou kara kaeru nari, pasokon bakkari.
Once our son returns from school, all he does is use the computer.
Example #3

mado wo akeru nari, henna mushi ga haittekita.
As soon as I opened the window, some strange bug entered the room.

Vocabulary List

社長しゃちょうcompany president
うちの息子うちのむすこour son

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