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つい
tsui
JLPT N2
Edit  dc
Meaning
without thinking, despite myself
oops, i said too much!
Edit  dc
Formation
See also
Phrases
ひみつでしたか?ついうっかりちょうちゃいました。
It was a secret? Oops! I spoke about it without thinking...
Edit  #305 dc
ついかっちゃった!
Damn! I went and bought it (and I shouldn't have).
Edit  #306 dc
つい「コンピュータがおかしい」とおもってしまいます.でも,コンピュータがわがおかしいことはまずありません.
I carelessly thought "There's something up with the computer". But actually there was nothing up with the _computer_ side.
Edit  #384 Amatuka
ついさきほどしぐれた
We had a light shower a while ago.
Edit  #1273 bamboo4
ついひつようなワードフィルをさくじょしてしまった。
I just (unintentional) deleted an important word file.
Edit  #5528 Archana
かれはついじぶんのなまえをいってしまった。
He carelessly said his name.
Edit  #8500 karekano
かれはたいへんまずいことをついいってしまった。
He slip a very unfortunate remark.
Edit  #8501 karekano
かのじょはまずしさのあまりついぬすみをはたらいた。
Poverty implied her to steal.
Edit  #8502 karekano
Discussion and comments
Also means, just (now), or recently.
KotatsuSama
I always thought that was ついに? Am I wrong or can you drop the に?
huess
ついに is different from つい.
ついに can be replaced with やっと at last
ついに買っちゃった!
Finally, I got it!
Miki
「つい」and「ついに」is different.

「つい」means... "regretfully"
for example, you go shopping, you find a new PC. you already have a PC, but you buy the spanky new one anyway. then, you say
「つい、買った。」
in fact, you don't need that PC.

「ついに」means..."at last"
you wanted a PC for a long time, and eventually you get one. then, you say,
「ついに買った。」
you really need that PC.

:( tsui = ukkari
:) tsuini = yatto
hiro
Inadvertantly, unintentionally, etc.
Amatuka
ex1273 seems different from the others?
dc
Yes. The つい means すぐ。This emphases something happens very close in time/distance.
つい2、3時間前に as recently as a few hours
ついそこまで休憩に行ってきました。I went right over there for break.
Miki
'tsui',according to me is used when you get indulged in your inner feelings so much that you forget what is going around.
ex-夢中で、つい大きい声で歌ってしまって、はずかしかった。
ashishjoshi
Is "tsui" an interjection like "tsk" or "tsch"?
DrJones