Grammar Info

N4 Lesson 2: 16/17


About to, On the verge of

In this use, ところ means stage/level/situation


Verb[る] + ところ +


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About るところだ

The noun ところ (sometimes shortened to とこ) is often used to describe the 'place' or 'situation' in which something happens. The primary determining factor for the nuance of ところ, is the tense of the verb it follows. When it is in the non-past form, ところ means 'about to (A)', or 'on the verge of (A)'.
  • (かれ)手紙(てがみ)()ところだ。
    He is about to write a letter.
  • (いま)から友達(ともだち)()ところです
    I'm about to meet my friend.
When the kanji form of (ところ) is used, it is often referring to an actual physical location, rather than a situation/standpoint. However, this is something that native speakers will sometimes mistake. Therefore, seeing the kanji form, and the hiragana form, are both relatively common.
  • いま(ところ)...
    This current place…
  • いまところ...
    This current situation…


  • (いま)から(かえ)ところです

    I am just about to go home.

  • 友達(ともだち)(はな)()()っている(とき)電話(でんわ):「(いえ)から()ところだからもうすぐ()。」

    When a friend is waiting on the speaker, phone call: 'I am about to leave home, so I will be there soon.'

  • ちょうど出かけところ

    I am about to leave right now.

    Expressions like 今から and ちょうど are often used with Verb-るところ for emphasis.

  • 宿題(しゅくだい)するところ友達(ともだち)から電話(でんわ)(はい)った

    Just when I was about to do my homework I got a call from a friend.

  • パソコン電源(でんげん)()ところあの(おと)()いた

    Just as I was about to turn off my computer, I heard that sound.

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るところだ – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (12 in total)

  • somekrazyfool


    About 1 year ago

    Ahhh interesting, I get it now, I also do have the DoBJG but the fancy literary terminology throws me off most of the times. Thanks alot!

  • mathijsdm


    About 1 year ago

    No problem! Though I do advice a read through in the DoBJG, it is six pages on this grammar point, so might help clear some confusion up

  • MikkaT


    About 4 months ago

    in the explanation there is no hint that it can stand before で or なので

    So in which cases だ or だから is not needed and what are the differences in meaning?

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