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N2 Lesson 3: 18/21

ところだった ②
was just about to do something, was in the middle of...

Structure
Casual
Polite
Verb[る] + ところだった
Verb[る] + ところでした
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使用域 一般
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  • [Often used with 危(あや)うく to indicate some threat was "narrowly" avoided]
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絵(え)の具(ぐ)をつけてしまうところだった
I was just about to apply the paint.
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今(いま)から関西弁(かんさいべん)を教(おそ)わるところだったのに。
I was just about to be taught the Kansai dialect.
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危(あや)うく期限(きげん)が切(き)れてしまうところだった
I was just about to narrowly miss the deadline.
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Tae Kim's Japanese Grammar Guide
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