Verb［ない］+ うちに + Phrase
うちに will be paired with verbs in their ない (negative) form, before the (B) phrase highlights something that 'is done to prevent (A) from happening', or 'happened unfortunately during (A)'.
- こうき君、全然会わないうちに、凄く大きくなったね！Kouki-kun, you have grown so much during the time we haven't met. (Since the last time I saw you)
- また電話をかけ忘れるところだった。忘れないうちに電話しておかなきゃ。I was just about to forget to make a phone call again. I should call before I forget.
- 出かける前にバイオリンの練習をしないといけない。I need to practice playing my violin before I go out.
- 知らないうちに家の前にあるラーメン屋が潰れていた。Without realizing it, the ramen shop in front of my house went out of business.
Without realizing it, the train had started to depart (without me).
Before I knew it, my friend was divorced.
Before we became close, my co-worker quit.
Come back home before it gets dark.
I think we should introduce a new product before the people lose interest.
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ないうちに – Grammar Discussion
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Thank you for point these out to us! I have updated the related grammar section to include 前に and have added a note about it in the information section on the Meaning page. I have also removed the redundant resource listing and added the tanos link that you provided. Cheers!
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That’s actually my error, I changed sentence to ひめる because it sounds more natural that way, but forgot to change the word for conjugation
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