Today’s Grammar Point: ～とたん（に）
とたん is a noun meaning “the moment” or “the instant” but it is usually used like an adverb with or without the particle に and that means “at that moment.” It can also be used after a past plain verb and ～とたん（に）… means “as soon as ～, … .”
- as it is
- [plain past verb] とたん（に）
When I saw a ramen shop, I immediately wanted to eat ramen.
I went to my parents’ house but immediately after that I felt like eating cream caramel and I ended up eating two.
I traveled on a bus the other day, but the moment I boarded the bus, I felt like going to the bathroom and I didn’t know what to do.
As soon as I saw the cake, I felt like eating it.
John ran away as soon as he saw his father.
As soon as I heard my father’s voice, I started crying.
As soon as I left home, it began to rain.
As soon as I bought a new TV, the video broke down.
As soon as I entered the room, I sneezed three times.
As soon as I hung up, I remembered what I had forgotten to say.
As soon as I submitted the report, I realized I made a mistake.
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