N3 Grammar Course

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N3 Grammar Course

Lesson 1: 〜間(あいだ)

Usage:

Verb(Dictionary Form, Negative Form)+ あいだ

Te Form of Verb + いる + あいだ

Noun + の + あいだ


Meaning:

「〜あいだ」means “While…/during…”.

Examples:

わたしがいないあいだ彼女かのじょいえほんんでいた。
She was reading books while I was not home.
 
かれているあいだわたしはずっとゲームをしていた。
I was playing games while he was sleeping.
 
なつやすみのあいだわたしはバイトをしていた。
I was doing part-time job during summer vacation.

Note:

This is often used when you want to express that you do something for a long time while something is happening.You can not use momentary verb in the sentence.(No worries, you will learn how to use momentary Verb in the next lesson ~間に.)
For example:
かれているあいだわたしかけた。✖️
I went out while he was sleeping.

かれているあいだわたしはずっとゲームをしていた。✔️
I was playing games while he was sleeping.
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