What's new

Welcome to Japan Reference (JREF) - the community for all Things Japanese.

Join Today! It is fast, simple, and FREE!

Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com

Before I arrived at the station, my train had already left

hirashin

Sempai
Donor
Joined
8 Apr 2004
Messages
2,503
Reaction score
44
I have another question.
Can you use all of these sentences interchangeably?
(a) When I arrived at the station, my train had already left.
(b) Before I arrived at the station, my train had already left.
(c) By the time I arrived at the station, my train had already left.

Thanks in advance.
Hirashin
 

Lothor

Proofreader extraordinaire
Moderator
Donor
Joined
26 Sep 2015
Messages
929
Reaction score
465
(a) and (c) are correct. (b) doesn't sound right. I think that's because the first part of the sentence in (a) and (c) refers to a specific moment in time but (b) refers to a range of times.
 

hirashin

Sempai
Donor
Joined
8 Apr 2004
Messages
2,503
Reaction score
44
Thanks for the help, Lothor.
 

johnnyG

先輩
Joined
23 Dec 2010
Messages
1,204
Reaction score
459
All sound okay to me.

Consider tho, that different people surround those sentences with differing contexts.
 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Top Bottom