Grammar Info

N3 Lesson 8: 17/22

(つい)

Finally, At last

Structure

ついに + Phrase

Details

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About 遂に

Like とうとう, (つい) is an adverb that is frequently used to mean 'finally', or 'at last'. It will usually come at the beginning of a sentence.
  • (つい)日本(にほん)上陸(じょうりく)!!!
    Finally it has arrived in Japan!!!
  • (つい)ドラゴンズ()った!
    The Dragons have finally won!
(つい) may be seen equally as often with or without kanji. When compared to 到頭(とうとう), ついに is slightly more formal.
  • (つい)最後(さいご)()ですね、(いま)まで色々(いろいろ)ありがとうございました。
    Finally it is your last day. Thank you for everything up until now.
  • とうとう今日(きょう)最後(さいご)ね。(いま)まで色々(いろいろ)ありがとう。
    It's finally your last day. Thank you for everything up until now.
Caution
The kanji (つい) has a meaning similar to 'to get (something) over with'. Due to this, ついに will most often be used to highlight things that have finally happened after a significant period of time, or a long course of events. It will not be used to express things that do not require time or effort.
  • (つい)結婚(けっこん)した!おめでとう! (Natural)
    You finally married!? Congrats!
  • 昨日(きのう)(もら)った(ふくろ)(つい)()てた。 (Unnatural)
    I finally threw away the bag I bought yesterday.

Examples

  • ついに論文(ろんぶん)()()げた。

    I finally finished writing my thesis.

  • ついに(まご)身長(しんちょう)()けてしまった。

    My grandchild outgrew me at last.

  • 料理(りょうり)美味(おい)しいことで評判(ひょうばん)のお(みせ)に、ついに()ことができた。

    I was finally able to go to a restaurant known for its delicious food.

  • 何日(なんにち)()(つづ)いた(ゆき)ついにやみました。

    The snow, that had lasted for many days, finally stopped.

  • (なん)百回(びゃっかい)失敗(しっぱい)()(かえ)し、ついに成功(せいこう)した。

    After failing repeatedly hundreds of times, I finally succeeded.

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遂に – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (2 in total)

  • asdfpotato

    asdfpotato

    About 1 year ago

    I’m confused as when to use つい instead of ついに

  • asdfpotato

    asdfpotato

    About 3 months ago

    Update:
    つい - Used to indicate unintentionally doing something
    ついに - Finally, at last

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