Grammar Info
N2 Lesson 6: 8/21

に当(あ)たって
when, when doing something, on the occasion, at the time

Structure
Verb[る]+ あたり(1)
Noun + にあたり(1)

(1)あたって
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Register Formal
使用域 硬い
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  • [Used in instructions, warnings, speeches, etc. ・Not used together with negative occurrences like bankruptcies, funerals, stolen passports, etc.]
  • [Similar to に際して, にあたって usually has to do with some sort of preparation for a future event]
  • [にあたって is usually present in situations where something should be done or there is an opportunity to do something that is required]
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レーザーの試験(しけん)にあたり、必(かなら)ず保護(ほご)メガネを着用(ちゃくよう)してください。
Be sure to wear safety glasses when testing the laser.
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課長(かちょう)の退職(たいしょく)にあたって、お別(わか)れの一言(ひとこと)を述(の)べさせていただきます
Let me say a few words of farewell on the occasion of the section manager's retirement.
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パスポートの申請(しんせい)にあたり顔(かお)写真(しゃしん)を必(かなら)ず持(も)ってきてください。
Be sure to bring headshots at the time of passport application.
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A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar
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