June 28, 2021

JLPT N5 Grammar: いつ itsu – when


いつ means "when" or "how soon." It is almost always written in kana because the kanji, 何時(いつ), can also be read なんじ (what time?).


When is the food ready?

When will Yuko come?

Other Forms:

■ いつも always
  -> いつも、ありがとうございます! Thank you, always!

■ いつもどおり as always; as usual
  -> いつもどおり、ピザにしましょう。 Let's get pizza as usual.

■ いつから from when; when will it start?
  -> いつから、会議(かいぎ)(はじ)めますか? When will the meeting start?

■ いつまで until when
  -> いつまで、アメリカにいますか? How long will you be in the States?

■ いつまでも forever; for good; indefinitely
  -> いつまでも、(あい)しています。 I will love you forever.

■ いつか someday; sometime; one day
  -> いつか、日本(にほん)()きたいです。 I want to go to Japan one day.

■ いつの()にか before you know it
  -> いつの()にか、お金持(かねも)ちになりました。 Before I knew it, I became rich.

■ いつごろ about when; how soon
  -> いつごろ、パーティーにきますか? About when will you come to the party?

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