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Grammar detail: ないうちに〜

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JLPT:
ないうちに〜 - before~
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verb plain negative
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うちに
means
before~
While the meaning of this expression is the same as verb plain + に, the verb is always negative plain. English does not take the negative with 'before', however in Japanese this is a very commonly used expression.
わす
れない
うち
かれ
でんわ
電話
ばんごう
番号
めておきなさい

Write down his phone number before you forget.
かれ
れない
うち
さんちょう
山頂
とうたつ
到達
した

He attained the top of the mountain before dark.
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See also:
  • 〜まえに - before

Kanji used in this grammar

ゼン   まえ before   
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ボウ   わすれる to forget   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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デン    electricity   
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ワ   はな to talk   はなし talking   
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バン    turn   
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ゴウ    nickname   
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ショ   か to write   
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ル   リュウ   とめる to detain   とまる to stop   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
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ボ   くれる to get dark   くらす to make a living   
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サン   やま mountain   
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チョウ   presented   いただ to be presented with, crowned   いただき summit, top   
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トウ    arrive   
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タツ    arrive   
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