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JLPT N1 Grammar: ごとき/ごとく (gotoki/gotoku)

ごとき/ごとく (gotoki/gotoku)

Meaning: like; as if; the same as

How to use the:
Verb-casual + ごとく
Noun + のごとく/ごとき

Explain:
Used to give an example in a formal document
Used when expressing negative implications, belittling, anxiety

Example sentences:
1, 私ごとき未熟者にこんな大きい仕事はちょっと。。。
Watashigotoki mijukumono ni kon’na ōkī shigoto wa chotto…
For newbies like me, a big job like this is a bit …

2, わたしのごとき未熟者にそんな重要な役割が果たせるでしょうか。
watashi no gotoki mijukumono ni sonna juuyou na yakuwari ga hataseru deshou ka
Will someone with no experience like me be able to finish such an important task?

3, 夢のごとき新婚生活の後は悲劇になった。
Yume nogotoki shinkon seikatsu no nochi wa higeki ni natta.
After the dream newlywed life became a tragedy

4, 良子さんは白百合のごとき乙女であった。
Ryōko-san wa shirayuri nogotoki otomedeatta.
Ryoko was a maiden like Shirayuri.

5, 今までにない新たな考えがきらりとひらめき、彗星のごとく頭をよぎっていった。
ima made ni nai arata na kangae ga kirari to hirameki, suisei no gotoku atama o yogitte itta.
An idea, shining and new, flashed like a comet through my brain.

Attention:
After ご と き is the noun. And after ご と く can be verbs, adjectives and adverbs

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