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〜かと思えば

Usage 1:

①Dictionary Form of Verb + かとおもえば
②Past Tense Form of Verb + かとおもえば
③Noun + かとおもえば


Meaning of Usage 1:

「〜かと思えば」is used to express that something is beyond your expectation. You think it will be A, but it’s B instead.

Examples of Usage 1:

すずしくなったかとおもえば、またあつくなった。
I thought it would be cool, but it became hot again.
 
かれ彼女かのじょさそうかとおもえば、またあきらめた。
I thought he would ask her out, but he gave up again.

Usage 2:

Dictionary Form of Verb + かとおもえば…もある/もいる


Meaning of Usage 2:

「〜かと思えば……もある/もいる」means “There are… and there are… too”.

Examples of Usage 2:

ひゃくさいえてきるひとがいるかとおもえば、一歳いっさいになることもなく、このあかちゃんもいる。
There are people who can live for over 100 years, and there are babies who died without being one year old too.
 
一枚いちまいけないがあるかとおもえば、いっすうじゅうまいけるもある。
There are days that I can’t write even one page, and there are days I can write tens of pages at once too.
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