通り - Toori - A road that leads to several paths

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The word 通り (toori) is an adverbial noun, which can also be used as an accountant and as a place. This word can literally be translated as street, avenue, path, road.

Toori can also refer to street traffic, flow (of air, water), transmission, range, fame, reputation, understanding, etc. Combining the word 通り (toori) with other words it can have completely different meanings.

Example sentences

Now let's see some phrases in practice:

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私は今回は自分の思い通りにするつもりだ。
Watashi wa konkai wa jibun no omoidōri ni suru tsumorida.
At this moment I will seek my own path

彼女は僕をちらりとも見ずに通り過ぎた。
Kanojo wa boku o chirarito mo mizu ni tōrisugita.
She passed by and without looking at me.

彼の家は通りの向こう側にあります。
Kare no ie wa tōri no mukō-gawa ni arimasu.
Your house is across the street.

彼はいつも時間通りに来る。
Kare wa itsumo jikandōrini kuru.
He's always on time.

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思い通りに行けるのさ。
Omoidōri ni ikeru no sa.
You can go however you want.

うん、僕もその通りだと思うよ。
Hum-hum. I think like that too.
Un, boku mo sonotōrida to omou yo.

君は私がすすめる通りにするほうがよい。
Kimi wa watashi ga susumeru tōri ni suru hō ga yoi.
You better do what I suggest.

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私たちの汽車は長いトンネルを通り抜けた。
Watashitachi no kisha wa nagai ton'neru o tōrinuketa.
The train went through a long tunnel.

Video lessons

To end the article, we will leave a video lesson given by sensei Luiz Rafael, showing and explaining some sentences that use 通り (toori).

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Video sentences:

私は通りすがりの旅人です。
Watashi wa tōrisugari no tabibitodesu.
I am a passing traveler.

  • 私 (わたし) : me
  • 通りすがり (とおりすがり) : in passing
  • 旅人 (たびびと) : traveler

全くその通りです。
Mattaku sonotōridesu.
It is absolutely correct!

  • 全く (まったく) : absolutely / completely
  • その通り (そのとおり) : is correct / that way

言うとおりにして。
Iutōri ni shite.
Do as you were told.

  • 言うとおり (いうとおり) : as it is said
  • にする : decide to do so

お母さんは森を通り抜けた。
Okāsan wa mori o tōrinuketa.
My mother passed through the forest.

  • お母さん (おかあさん) : mother
  • 森 (もり) : forest
  • 通り抜ける (とおりぬける) : pass / cross / overtake

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