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Grammar detail: 頃(ころ)

頃(ころ) - when (for a period or era)
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clause + ころ refers to the period or era in which the clause was the case.
ころ
is usually used to describe situations which might last for long periods of time, rather than a specific time an action occurred, where
とき
can be used for both. Both can often be translated as 'when', 'while', 'at the time' etc, but ころ indicates more of a sense of 'around the time of' or 'during the period that'.
  • わか
    ころ
    when I was young ➜ in this case, young describes a state that lasts for some time, so ころ can be used (as can , but less commonly)
  • かれ
    とき
    when he arrives ➜ in this case, arrival is at a specific time, so is appropriate
かれ
わか
ころ
やしんか
野心家
だったそう
They say that he was ambitious when young.
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See also:
  • 時(とき) - when

Kanji used in this grammar

ころ time   
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ジ   とき time, occasion   
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ジャク   ニャク   わか young   もしくは or   
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3
ヒ   かれ he   
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3
ライ   く to come   きた to be forthcoming   きた to induce   
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ヤ   の field   
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シン   こころ heart   
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カ   ケ   house   いえ    や    
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