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Verb + 자마자 [ Korean Grammar ]

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Today we’ll see how to form sentences with Korean grammar pattern " Verb + 자마자 " with some example sentences.

Verb + 자마자 [ Korean Grammar ]

It is used by the speaker to indicate some action happening as soon as the former action is being done. 

It is equivalent to saying "as soon as" in English. 

It is very easy to understand the usage. You simply need to add it after the verb.

Like for example : 

1. As soon as I get home.

집에 도착하자마자

2. As soon as I ate.


*** It has to be used with the verb in the first half of the sentence clause.

Rule to conjugate :

Remove ~다 from the root verb and add ~자마자 after the stem verb irrespective of whether the verb stem ends with a consonant or vowel.

  • 가다 - 가 + 자마자 = 가자마자
  • 먹다 - 먹 + 자마자 = 먹자마자

If the verb stem ends with 하 simply add ~자마자 after the verb stem. 

Eg :

  • 가자마자 - As soon as I go
  • 먹자마자 - As soon as I eat
  • 도착하자마자 - As soon as I arrive
  • 전화하자마자 - As soon as I receive the call
  • 들어가자마자 - As soon as I go in
  • 출발하자마자 - As soon as I leave
  • 타자마자 - As soon as I board
  • 찾자마자 - As soon as I find
  • 시작하자마자 - As soon as I start
  • 나오자마자 - As soon as I come out
  • 만나자마자 - As soon as I meet
  • 연락하자마자 - As soon as I call 
  • 듣자마자 - As soon as I hear

Now let's look at some example sentences of the words mentioned above. 

1. Call me up as soon as you get there.

거기 가자마자 나한테 전화해라.

2. I hate to eat and run.

이렇게 밥 먹자마자 가는 거 정말 싫어.


3. I unpacked my bags as soon as I arrived.

나는 도착하자마자 가방을 풀었다.

4. As soon as you’ll give me a call, I’ll be at the airport to pick you up. 

네가 전화하자마자 공항으로 데리러 갈게.

5. She started to feel contractions as soon as the train departed from the station.

그녀는 기차가 역을 출발하자마자 진통을 느끼기 시작했다.

6. I put on my seat belt as soon as I get into the car. 

나는 차에 타자마자 안전 벨트를 맵니다.

7. Let me know as soon as you find anything. 

네가 뭐라도 찾자마자 나한테 알려 줘.

8. As soon as they started they faced with another challenges. 

그들은 시작하자마자 다른 어려움을 마주했다.

8. He married directly as soon as he left the university. 

그는 대학을 나오자마자 바로 결혼했다.

9. This coffee became a bestseller as soon as it came out.

이 커피는 나오자마자, 아주 잘 팔리는 커피가 되었다.

10. We clicked as soon as we met. 

우리는 만나자마자 죽이 잘 맞았어.

11. He came out as soon as I called him.

연락하자마자 밖에 나오더라고요.

12. As soon as she heard the news, she became speechless.

그녀는 소식을 듣자마자 말문이 막혔다.

Related Korean grammar posts :

N/V ~아/어 달라고

Verb ~게 하다

V~자고 하다

A/V + 기는 하지만


(으)ㄴ/는/인 데다가

Verb + 기 전에 and Noun + 전에

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