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N1 Lesson 6: 1/17


When it came to, Only when, Only after, Go as far as

When following time expressions or location it often simply means “at”


Verb + (いた)って(1)
Noun + (いた)って(1)



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About に至って・に至り

Just like in other grammar points that include the う-Verb (いた)る 'to result in', or 'to reach a climax', (いた)って will indicate (A) as an extreme extent from which (B) results. The case marking particle に will mark either a verb or noun as the extent that (いた)る is signifying as being extreme. Common translations include 'only when (A), did (B)', and 'going as far as to (A), (B)'.
  • 先輩(せんぱい)注意(ちゅうい)される(いた)って、どれだけ(おれ)自分(じぶん)勝手(かって)だったかが()かった。
    It wasn't until I was warned by a senior colleague that I realized how selfish I had been.
  • 工場(こうじょう)(おお)きな事故(じこ)発生(はっせい)する(いた)って安全(あんぜん)大会(たいかい)実施(じっし)する(よう)では、この工場(こうじょう)では事故(じこ)()こり(つづ)けます。
    If a safety meeting is held only after a major accident occurs at the plant, accidents will continue to occur at this plant.
  • 糖尿病(とうにょうびょう)(いた)って食生活(しょくせいかつ)()をつける(よう)になった。
    Only when I got diabetes, I started to watch what I ate.
  • この(とし)(いた)って会社(かいしゃ)()()げるなんて、自分(じぶん)でもびっくりだよ。
    Deciding to start a company only after reaching such an age, even I am surprised.
The extreme extent that (いた)って implies will often be the result of something that has been left far too long in a certain state. Due to this, (いた)って is often used in relation to criticism of a lack of action.
As with many other grammar structures that use verbs, occasionally the formal conjunctive (いた)り will replace the standard て-form (いた)って.
(いた)って and (いた)っても have quite different meanings, the primary thing to be aware of is as follows.
(A) (いた)って (B) - Only when reaching the extreme of (A) did (B) occur.
(A) (いた)っても (B) - Even if reaching the extreme of (A), (B) won't occur.
(いた)っても will be covered in its own grammar point.




    Article: 'Only when thousands of banana trees died, did the banana industry realize the seriousness of the Panama disease for the first time.'


    Only when his lungs failed, did my grandfather finally accept that he has no choice but to stop smoking.


    Only when I collapsed due to overwork, did I finally realize that I worked too hard.


    It seems that only at the point when her house had been searched that she finally understood the situation she was in.


    Article: 'Only when the building collapsed, did it finally become clear how much the developer neglected the issue of strength in the design of the building.'

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