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
  • そのとたん(に)
  • [plain past verb] とたん(に)


ラーメンたら、とたんにラーメンがべたくなった。(Today’s caption)
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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