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Grammar detail: 〜ところ

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JLPT:
〜ところ - just (about to / doing / did)
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ところ
means
just about to do ~
かれ
はな
だった
He was about to speak.
With a plain past verb, it means
just did ~
かれ
たった
いま
がいしゅつ
外出
です
I'm afraid he's just gone out.
With a present continuous verb, it means
just (now) doing
かれ
ぬす
つかった

He was detected in the very act of stealing.
ところ is from
ところ
meaning 'place', so the literal meaning of the expression is something like 'at the place of doing'.
Another similar common expression is
いま
ところ
, which means 'at the moment', or 'right now'.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ショ   ところ place   
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コン   キン   いま now   
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