My textbook has a section titled :

Writing Basics かくときのきほん

I'm trying to break down the hiragana.

かく means "to write" and きほん means "basic" , but I can't seem to find the meaning of the ときの in the middle.

What does it mean here ?

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This とき (時 in kanji) means "when", so 書くときの基本 is like "Basics When Writing". の is a noun-linking particle, which is necessary because 基本 is a noun and とき needs to modify 基本 adjectivally.

Similar examples:

  • 桜を見たときの思い出
    memories of when I saw cherry blossoms
  • 会社を辞めたときの話
    the story of when I left the company

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