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かのごとく
kanogotoku
JLPT N1
Edit  Amatuka
Meaning
as if
Edit  Amatuka
Formation
See also
Phrases
あたかもえいえんをきずつけることがないかのごとくひまをつぶしているが・・・。
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
Edit  #514 Amatuka
だれもみていないかのごとくじゆうにおどりましょう
Dance freely as if nobody was watching.
Edit  #515 Amatuka
そのもりのなかは、なんまんねんもまえにもどったかのごとくしんぴてきだった
Within this forest, it was so mysterious as if one had even gone some ten thousands years back in time
Edit  #5893 誠
Discussion and comments
〜かのごとく: 〜かのように + 形容詞・動詞
Appeared in JLPT 1 for 2002
Amatuka
Seems may be used mostly in poetic / lyric sense.
Amatuka
Actually, this entry is under ごとく since the 〜かの before it can be seen as a noun phrase, 何万年も前に戻ったか(noun phrase) + の + ごとく
Actually, it sounds similar with 〜かのような, only thing is now since the following phrase is either an Adjective or Verb, it becomes 〜かのように. And also, ごとく is a classical word.
I agree. The かの of 〜かのよう(に) might need special explanation for those at a lower level who aren't familiar with these constructions, but once you've reached level 1 and presumably long-since mastered 〜よう(に) and 〜かのよう(に) I wouldn't have thought this required any further mention once the entry for ごとく had been read; certainly not a seperate entry.
mochabean