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最後の質問が解けたところで、試験終了のチャイムが鳴ったんだ。

What does で after ところ mean ?

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One of the definitions of ところで is 「時に(ときに)」 'at the time of ____', 'as _____ happens/happened'.

'As I solved the last question, the bell ending the test sounded.'

  • Thanks. But can I use ところに instead of ところで ? – Kiw Feb 1 at 3:23
  • @Kiw This should answer your question: japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/18967 – BJCUAI Feb 1 at 4:48
  • so I have just read it. Could I ask for the accurate information ? 1.I think ところで and ところに is interchangeable, isn't it ? 2. From the link, I'm not sure what is the difference between " Time " and " Location in time " ,but I think "Location in time " stresses that something occurs within an action. And I think " Time " just implies that when an action being processed something occurs. Is that right ? Sorry if my sentences are vague. – Kiw Feb 1 at 16:56
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It is the 連用形{れんようけい} conjugation form of the auxiliary だ, ( the auxiliary だ denotes assert/conclude something ), here what is omitted after で is

最後の質問が解けたところであった時、試験終了のチャイムが鳴ったんだ。

Meaning,

When it was the time I finished the last question, the bell rang to let the test takers to know it was a finish time.

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    このデは「鳴った」を修飾していますので、ダの連用形のデではなく活用しない助詞のデではないでしょうか。「今日は日曜日で学校は休みだ」のデはダの連用形ですが、「海で泳ぐ」や「18歳で成人する」のデは助詞です。 – naruto Jan 26 at 0:05
  • @Naruto 成程。お張りになったリンクの格助詞の2番相当ですかな?確かに連用形を取る助動詞ではちと難しいですかな^^。勉強になりました(m_m)。 – Kentaro Jan 26 at 0:17

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