Verb［る］+ や否や(1) + Phrase［た］
や否や will be used after verbs in their dictionary form.
私が部屋から出てくるのを見るや否や、空き巣が手に持っていたものを私に投げて、逃げていった。As soon as the burglar saw me coming out of the room, he threw everything that was in his hand at me and ran away.
- 俺の顔を見るや否や友達の犬が吠え出した。As soon as he saw my face, my friend's dog started barking.
- 彼は席に座るや否や「とりあえず生一つ」といった。He said 'I'll have a beer to start' as soon as he sat down.
彼は本を開くや、寝た。He fell asleep as soon as he opened the book.
- 彼女はあの曲を聴くや、泣き始めた。She started to cry as soon as she listened to the song.
Article: 'As soon as he noticed the policeman, he suddenly started to run.'
Novel: 'As soon as he has yawned, the girl also yawned.'
Novel: 'As soon as the freshly baked bread appeared on the plate, it immediately disappeared in his mouth.'
Novel: 'As soon as I started reading an old letter I received from a friend who was long gone, my feelings flooded and I suddenly dissolved into tears.'
Novel about idols: 'As soon as Teruhashi-san took off the sunglasses, in the blink of an eye, she was surrounded by fans.'
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