Grammar Info
N1 Lesson 4: 15/17
と思いきや だ・かと思いきや thought...but, when...thought that...but, despite having thought...
Structure
Verb + (か)+ と思いきや + Phrase[た]
[い]Adjective + (か)+ と思いきや + Phrase[た]
[な]Adjective + (か(1))+ と思いきや + Phrase[た]
Noun + (か(1))+ と思いきや + Phrase[た]

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  • [Noun/な-Adj + だか思いきや is generally not used. Either か or だ (or neither) is used
  • [Aと思いきやB is used to emphasize the speaker's surprise that contrary to expected result A, B is actually the case]
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娘(むすめ)部屋(へや)とても静(しず)かだからきっと寝(ね)ていると思(おも)いきや、意外(いがい)にも勉強(べんきょう)していた。
I thought that my daughter was sleeping because it was very quiet but, to my surprise, she was studying.
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