Grammar Info

N2 Lesson 5: 6/18

やがて

Before long, All too soon, In the end, Eventually

Structure

やがて + Phrase

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About やがて

(やが), meaning 'all too soon' is an adverb that appears at the beginning of sentences in order to indicate that some particular state that does not currently exist, will end up happening within an unspecified (usually short) amount of time. This can be translated as 'before long (A)', 'in the end (A)', or 'eventually (A)'.
In the vast majority of cases, やがて will appear in hiragana.
  • そのアニメもあのアニメのようにやがて人気(にんき)がなくなるでしょう。
    That anime will probably lose popularity like that anime eventually.
  • 毎日(まいにち)漢字(かんじ)()練習(れんしゅう)をしていれば、やがて小説(しょうせつ)()めるようになれるだろう。
    If you practice reading kanji every day, eventually, you will be able to read a novel.
  • もう5()なので、やがて()(しず)(はじ)めるだろう。
    It is already 5 p.m. so the sun will probably set soon.
Caution - In cases where やがて is used with a specified amount of time, it may be interpreted as 'nearly'.
  • やがて60(さい)になるけど、経済的(けいざいてき)余裕(よゆう)がないので()ぬまで(はたら)(つづ)けざるを()ない。
    I am nearly 60 years old, however, I have no choice but to keep working till I die because I have no excess money.
  • 日本語(にほんご)勉強(べんきょう)(はじ)めてから、やがて2(ねん)()つ。
    It has been nearly 2 years since I have started studying Japanese.
Fun-fact - Originally, やがて was just used as a way to express the existence of something which has not currently taken place. Due to this, it had many more meanings in the past. This included things such as 'namely', 'immediately', 'in a moment', and others. All of these meanings simply hinted at the fact that the expression following やがて was already expected or known.

Examples

  • どんな(ほん)やがて()()わります。けれど、()たしてそれ本当(ほんとう)でしょうか?

    No matter the book, it will come to an end before long. However, I wonder is that really true?

    This is a philosophical sentence about the impact of the story living on in the person even after they have finished reading it.

  • 日本語(にほんご)(おし)えようと()めて毎日(まいにち)勉強(べんきょう)したら、やがて教師(きょうし)になれた。

    I decided to teach Japanese and studied everyday. Before long I became a teacher.

  • (わたし)眼鏡(めがね)(さが)(はじ)めてから、やがて時間(じかん)になる。

    It will have been three hours since I started searching for my glasses all too soon.

  • やがて30(ねん)(むか)える研究(けんきゅう)期間(きかん)()て、急所(きゅうしょ)(じゅつ)という武道(ぶどう)修得(しゅうとく)する。

    After a period of study spanning nearly 30 years, I will acquire a martial arts technique called the touch of death.

  • やがて30(さい)になるけど、(かね)名声(めいせい)()ってない。

    Although I will be 30 all too soon, I have neither money nor fame.

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やがて – Grammar Discussion

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  • FredKore

    FredKore

    About 3 years ago

    What do you think? I know it’s a different nuance, but it seems like this is related to ついに, とうとう, いよいよ. Too different?

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