Grammar Info
N3 Lesson 9: 18/22

通(とお)り
in that way, exactly・precisely, just as

Structure
Verb[る](1) + とおり
Noun + どおり
Noun + + とおり

(1) Verb[た]
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Information
Often, the 名詞(めいし) (noun) とおり carries the meaning of ‘in that way’, or ‘just like that’. In its kanji form, とおり will be written as 通(とお)り, and literally means ‘street’, or ‘way’. However, it is regularly used to indicate the level of ‘sameness’ one thing has with another. This ‘sameness’ meaning appears when とおり is used as a 接尾語(せつびご) (suffix).
とおり (or どおり) may be used with verbs or nouns. In the case of verbs, it is common to see it being used after both the plain form, and the simple-past form.
  • お客様(きゃくさま)おっしゃる通(とお)りです
    Honored guest, the thing you say is precisely correct. (That’s exactly right)
  • 彼(かれ)は僕(ぼく)思(おも)った通(とお)り時間(じかん)帰(かえ)ってきた
    Just as I expected, he came back when I thought he would come back.
For nouns, どおり is far more frequently used when following the noun directly, while とおり will be used when the 格助詞(かくじょし) (case marking particle) の comes between the noun and とおり.
  • 計画(けいかく)どおり進(すす)めて行(い)きます。
    We will continue as the plan suggests.
  • ご覧(らん)通(とお)り、私(わたし)手(て)は何(なに)もありません
    As you can see, I have nothing in my hands.
While both of these structures may be used interchangeably, どおり is more common, especially in speech.
Fun Fact
Constructions like 言(い)った通(とお)り and その通(とお)り are used very frequently, simply as a polite way to agree with what has been said by another. In these cases, it translates similarly to ‘that’s exactly right’, or ‘that’s it!’.
  • リカ言(い)った通(とお)りだったあそこパン屋(や)さんはすごくおいしかった!
    It was exactly as you said, Rika! The bakery over there was very delicious!
  • 本当(ほんとう)その通(とお)りです!何(なん)でいつも私(わたし)たちやらないといけないですか。
    That’s honestly exactly it! Why do we have to do it all the time?
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思(おも)ったとおりでした
It was just as I thought.
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今(いま)、卒業(そつぎょう)論文(ろんぶん)が順調(じゅんちょう)です。予定(よてい)どおりに完成(かんせい)ができそうです
Right now my graduation thesis is coming along nicely. I can finish it as planned.
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あなたのおっしゃるとおりです。
It will be just as you say.
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