In 合格できる N3 (page 28), I found the following exercise:

うちの子{こ}は新{あた}しいおもちゃ見{み}ると、(    )ほしがる。

1. 急に   2. じっと   3.すぐに   4.しっかり

I have to fill in with the correct word. I think it's either 1 or 3, but I don't know the difference between those two. I think that to some extent both 急に and すぐに can be understood as immediately.

In this context, which is the most appropriate word and why?

  • If it were 〜欲しくなる instead if 欲しがる, somehow 急に 'feels' right, but I can't quite explain why. Perhaps I've heard the whole phrase 急に欲しくなる several times... Nov 30, 2014 at 22:54

1 Answer 1


急に is like suddenly I think, this word includes the meanings of without notice or unexpected.

すぐに is immediately, as you mentioned.

The context describes the baby's general habit, so must be expected things. the answer is 3.すぐに.

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