N1 Lesson 8: 9/17
ときたら ときたら

ときたら

when it comes to
that/this … of mine
that/this darn …
that/this blasted …

⚠ AときたらB can also express that for a topic A
the most suitable course of action/the most suited match is B. As in 夏ときたらやっぱり海!

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AときたらB is a colloquial phrase used to mark a topic A that is followed by negative comment about it B (usually criticism). It emphasizes the speaker’s frustration with B. This frustration is sometimes in jest, and can have an endearing nuance.

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「このプリンターときたら、忙(いそが)しい時(とき)に限(かぎ)って故障(こしょう)するぞ!」
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This freaking printer of mine, it breaks only when I am busy.”

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