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N1 Lesson 9: 11/17
As soon as, No sooner than, The instant that, No sooner had
While it can be used with the past form, non-past is more common.
立つ 立った 立たない 立たなかった
dictionary form / non-past form
masu stem / conjuctive / continuative form
ta form / past form
た形 / 過去形
nai form / non-past negative form
ない形 / 否定形
nai stem form
ba form / conditional form
ru verb / ichidan verb
u verb with ru ending / godan verb with ru ending
u verb / godan verb with u ending
godan verb with ku ending
godan verb with su ending
godan verb with tsu ending
godan verb with nu ending
godan verb with bu ending
godan verb with mu ending
godan verb with gu ending
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Joining and Nesting Markers:
Verb[た/る] - means that dictionary form and ta form are accepted.
Verb[causative[て]] - means て form of the causative form of the verb.
(A) が早いか (B) is a formal written expression that is not often used in speech, meaning that as soon as (A) happens, (B). In other words, (B) happens directly after (A).
(B) is often surprising, spontaneous, or habitual and usually expresses someone’s actions (行く、駆け出す）. Due to this, it is uncommon with expressions that are beyond human control, like 雨が降った.
The following phrase is always in the past tense, so it cannot be used to express future intentions with volitional form or expressions like つもり.
It is also not used when talking about speaker/writer, however, the subjects of (A) and (B) might differ.
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As soon as
mom had baked the cake, dad started eating it.
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