TAKOBOTO

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〜ともなく,〜ともななしに
tomonaku;tomonashini
JLPT N1 Author: blabby
Meaning
Without really planning to, ~ A phrase indicating that the subject does s.t. without paying much attention or that when, where, to whom, etc. s.t. took place is unclear.
Without really planning to, I spent all day playing computer games.
特に〜しようと思うのではなく
Phrases
Without really planning, I looked ouside and saw anpanman!
#5177 Author: blabby

Out of thin air...
#5180 Author: blabby

I had not waited long before she turned up.
#5181 Author: dc

She came up from goodness knows where.
#5182 Author: dc

I was gazing absentmindedly out of the window, when suddenly a large crow flew towards me.
#5986 Author: khongbietboi

I was looking around outside absent-mindedly, and suddenly a huge crow came flying at me
#8002 Author: LR

While I was taking a walk, I came as far as the station without intending to.
#8003 Author: LR

I was listening to the witness's story from behind without paying much attention, when all of a sudden, I realized that it contained an important piece of information for solving the case.
#8005 Author: LR

Because I always heard my mother singing that song in Russian, I learned it without even trying.
#8006 Author: LR

I couldn't tell from where, but a good smell wafted from somewhere
#8007 Author: LR

Without knowing who they were in particular, he started to talk of volunteering to help earthquake victims.
#8008 Author: LR

We do not know when, but my family started a tradtion of going skiing on New Year's Day.
#8004 Author: LR

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