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…




    I am just about to go home.


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


    I am about to leave right now.


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


    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 (14 in total)

  • MikkaT


    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?

  • valid13


    Same thing as MikkaT

  • nekoyama


    There is a hint that implies that it can come before で or なので:

    It’s a noun; a phrase ending in ところ can be used in the same way as any other noun phrase. It can come before で, it needs a な before ので, etc.

    On the other hand, だ can’t come before で or なので.
    だから can work before で purely on a grammatical level but why insert it? The question isn’t asking for a “reason” or anything and I don’t think it would make much sense here either.

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