Verb［る］(1) + が早いか + Phrase［た］
This grammar pattern is formal, and will follow verbs in their dictionary or past tense forms. The verb that comes in the (B) phrase will always be in the past tense.
彼女は彼が書いた手紙を読むが早いか、悲しさのあまりで泣き始めた。As soon as she read the letter from her boyfriend, she started to cry out of sadness.
- 息子は食卓に座るが早いか、並べてあった夕食を吸い込むように食い上げた。As soon as my son sat at the dining table, he ate all the food that was out as if he sucked them up.
- 木村くんはアラームが鳴ったが早いか、スヌーズボタンを押した。As soon as the alarm went off, Kimura-kun pressed the snooze button.
- 警察官は犯人を見つけたが早いか、犯人に飛びつき手錠をかけた。As soon as the police officer saw the suspect, he jumped onto him and handcuffed him.
雨が止むが早いか、出かけるつもりだ。As soon as the rain stops, I am planning to go out. (Unnatural Japanese)
- 俺は毎日家に荷物を置くが早いか、友達の家に行く。I go to my friends house as soon as I drop my stuff off at home, everyday. (Unnatural Japanese)
As soon as mom had baked the cake, dad started eating it.
As soon as the man dressed completely in black noticed the detective, he dashed off like the wind.
At night, as soon as the young wizard opened the window, a white owl flew in.
As soon as the automatic doors opened, people promptly entered the train.
Novel: 'As soon as Tanaka opened his eyes, he jumped out of bed.'
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