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Adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi)
Temporal noun (jisoumeishi)
just beforejuste avantunmittelbar vor, gerade vor, kurz vor, direkt vor den Augen

ON: チョク, ジキ, ジカKUN: ただ.ちに, なお.す, -なお.す, なお.る, なお.き, す.ぐ
straightaway, honesty, frankness, fix, repair

ON: ゼンKUN: まえ, -まえ
in front, before

Example sentences
試合の直前にはいつもあがっています。Parts: 試合 (しあい), 直前 (ちょくぜん), には, 何時も (いつも), 上がる (あがる)I always get nervous just before a match.

舞が家出を敢行する、直前のことだろう。Parts: 家出 (いえで), 敢行 (かんこう), 直前 (ちょくぜん), (こと), だろう (だろ)That was probably just before Mai took the drastic step of leaving home.

生徒たちは試験の直前になるまで本気になって勉強しない。Parts: 生徒 (せいと), (たち), 試験 (しけん), 直前 (ちょくぜん), になる, (まで), 本気 (ほんき), になる, 勉強 (べんきょう)The students never really get with it till just before the exam.
Students never really study seriously until just before the exams.

私が電話したとき、ボブは出かける直前だった。Parts: (わたし), 電話 (でんわ), (とき), 出かける (でかける), 直前 (ちょくぜん)Bob was on the point of leaving when I rang him up.
Bob was on the point of leaving when I called him.
Bob was just about to leave when I telephoned him.

戦争の直前、日本がフランスと同盟を結びました。Parts: 戦争 (せんそう), 直前 (ちょくぜん), 日本 (にほん), 仏蘭西 (フランス), 同盟 (どうめい), 結ぶ (むすぶ)Japan entered into an alliance with France just before the war.

その記者は新聞が印刷される直前に記事を送った。Parts: 其の (その), 記者 (きしゃ), 新聞 (しんぶん), 印刷 (いんさつ), 為れる (される), 直前 (ちょくぜん), 記事 (きじ), 送る (おくる)The reporter filed his story just before the paper went to press.

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