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N3 Grammar Course

〜間(あいだ)

In this lesson, I will teach you how to use the grammar rule 〜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:

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.
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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2 thoughts on “〜間(あいだ)

  1. 猫が魚を食べている間、母は家を掃除していた。
    My mom was cleaning the house while my cat was eating.

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      Right!

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