JLPT N1 Grammar (ya ina ya)

Meaning

as soon as; the moment..

How to use

Verb (dictionary)
や否や

Learn Japanese grammar: (ya ina ya). Meaning: as soon as; the moment..

This grammar point can be written in two different ways, and are both used in the same way.

  1. The full version is (やいなや) (ya ina ya) – examples 1, 2
  2. The shorter version is simply (ya) – examples 3, 4
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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

入ったとたんに
shachou wa heya ni hairu ya ina ya, shizuka ni narimashita.
As soon as the boss entered the room, it suddenly got quiet.
Example #2

降りったとたんに
kare wa densha wo oriru ya ina ya hashiri dashita ga douyara norikae no densha ni maniawana katta you da.
He ran as soon as he got off the train for his transfer, but it doesn't look like he made his transfer in time..
Example #3

入れたとたんに
ano kodomo wa, sore wo kuchi ni ireru ya, hakidashita.
That child vomited the instant they put that in their mouth.
Example #4

ドアが開けたとたんに
doa ga hiraku ya, wanchan ga tobidashita.
The moment the door opened, a dog dashed out!

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
静かしずかquiet
乗り換えのりかえtransfer
吐き出すはきだすto vomit; to throw up
ワンちゃんdog (usually small)

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