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Grammar detail: うちに

うちに - while still
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うちに
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while it is still X
X can be any of:
  • plain form verb
  • い adjective
  • noun + の
  • な adjective + な
しら
調
べている
うち
いろいろ
色々
ことわかってきた
While I was looking into it, I became aware of many things.
ほん
んでる
うちねてしまった
While I was reading, I fell asleep.
One common usage of うちに is in the phrase ちかいうちに. ちかい means 'near' or 'soon', so this literally means 'while (still) soon', and is used to mean 'in the near future'.
いつかちかいうちに
いましょ

Let's meet sometime in the near future.
Another common usage is
らないうちに, which means 'without realizing'.
らない
うち
かり
つけたまま
ねむ
りこんでしまった

Without realizing, I had fallen asleep with the light left on.
Source: ねじまき鳥クロにカル(村上春樹)
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Kanji used in this grammar

チ   し to know   
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チョウ   しらべる to investigate   ととの to be arranged, to be in order   ととのえる to adjust, tune   
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ショク   シキ   いろ color   
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(kanji repetition symbol)   
ホン   book   もと origin   
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ドク   トク   トウ   よ to read   
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カイ   エ   あ to meet   
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メイ   ミョウ   あかり light   あかるい bright   あかるむ to brighten   あからむ to become luminous (at dawn)   あきらか obvious   あかす to lay bare   あ to open   あける to empty   
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ミン   ねむ to sleep   ねむ sleepy   
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