~あいだに vs ~うちに

~あいだに vs ~うちに


Last Monday, I talked about あいだ and あいだに which can be translated as “while…”. Today I am going to talk about  うちに, which can also be translated as “while…”


うちに is similar to あいだに in a sense that indicates a period of time, but it should be used:

1) when the beginning and the ending of the period are rather vague.


 2) when the duration is considered more like a time limit rather than just stating a time frame.


3) when it is not clear at what point of the duration an action occurred.


Also うちに can be used with a negative verb/adjective and it means “before ~ starts…”



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