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N2 Lesson 3: 15/21

手前(てまえ)
before, in front of, from one's standpoint/side

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Verb + 手前
Noun + + 手前
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  • [Noun + の前に vs. Noun + の手前に - の手前に can refer to something on YOUR side, while の前に refers to an object "in front of" another object regardless of where you are in space]
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君(きみ)手前(てまえ)あるものを見(み)てください。
Please look at the thing that is in front of you.
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死(し)んでしまう一歩(いっぽ)手前(てまえ)で助(たす)かった。
I was helped just before I would have died.
[一歩手前 is an expression meaning "on the brink"]
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私(わたし)手前(てまえ)人(ひと)が、私(わたし)友達(ともだち)です。
The person in front of me is my friend.
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