V-자마자 grammar = as soon as, right after ~something occurs right after the end of an action or event



L1.22 V-자마자 grammar = as soon as, right after ~something occurs right after the end of an action or event

Usage
V-자마자 is used to indicate that something occurs immediately after the end of an action or event = as soon as, right after.
V-자마자 can be replaced by V-기가 무섭게 grammar without meaning change. However, V-기가 무섭게 expresses an even faster transition between two actions than V-자마자.
- The subject of both clauses can be the same or different and verb preceding V-자마자 is always in present tense. 


Verbs + 자마자
오다 -- 오자마자
끝나다 -- 끝나자마자
일어나다 -- 일어나자마자
도착하다 -- 도착하자마자
졸업하다 -- 졸업하자마자




Examples:

1. 너무 피곤해서 집에 오자마자 잤어요.
I was so tired that I went to sleep as soon as I got home.

2. 수업이 끝나자마자 학생들은 교실에 나갔어요.
The students left the classroom right after the class was over.

3. 아이가 일어나자마자 울었어요.
The baby cried right after waking up.

4. 토니 씨는 학기가 끝나자마자 고향에 돌아갔어요.
Tony came back his hometown right after finishing the semester.

5. 민아 씨와 언제 결혼할 거예요?
- 대학교를 졸업하자마자 결혼할 거예요.
When will you marry Mina?
- We will get married as soon as we graduate from University.

6. 기분이 좋아요?
- 어제 새로운 지갑을 샀어요. 그런데 사자마자 잃어버렸어요.
Why are you in  a bad mood?
- I bought a new wallet yesterday. But I lost it right after I bought it.

7. 그는 전화를 받자마자 나갔어요.
He went out right after receiving the call.

8. 일을 끝내자마자 집에 가서 낮잠을 자요.
As soon as I finish work, I go home and take a nap.

9. 대학교를 졸업하자마자 고향에 돌아갈 거예요.
As soon as I graduate from university I will return my home town.

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