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なり [なり] (nari)
    Meaning: As soon as
    Example: As soon as the door opened, 8 people burst out of the car.
    JLPT Level: 1
    Category: grammar
    Author: blabby

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Verb(辞書形) + なり

[AなりB] - B is often an unexpected or unusual thing.
Mostly used in written language and generally is not used in daily conversations. 

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ex #5498   彼は帰ってくるなり食事もせずに寝てしまいました。 
As soon as he got home, he went to bed without eating.  
ex #5499   彼はドアを開けるなり、靴をはいたまま部屋に入ってきた。 
As soon as he opened the door, he walked in still wearing his shoes.  
ex #5500   パーティー会場に入るなり、サムは食べ物めがけて突進した。 
As soon as he got to the party, Sam made a bee line for the food.  
ex #5501   ファンは、有名人と出くわすなり、彼にサインを求めた。 
On encountering the celebrity, the fans asked for his autogaph.  
ex #5502   教室に入るなり、先生は突然怒ったような口調で話しはじめた。 
On entering the classroom, our teacher burst into angry speech.  
ex #5503   入ってくるなり、彼は倒れた。 
The instant he came in, he fell down.  

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blabbyMy book says that this is for a strange or unexpected event.

X スイッチを入れるなり電気がついた。
O スイッチを入れると電気がついた。
O スイッチを入れるなり爆発が起きた。

However, my book says it is only used for Verb(辞書形)+なり, but I have sometimes seen cases of Verb(た形)+なり from other sources. Does anyone know which is correct?
MikiVerb(た形)+なり is used in a different way. It implies one movement is continuing. 〜したまま。
会社を出たなり、いつまでも帰らない。He left the office and hasn't come back.
彼女を見つめたなり、しばらくの間微動だにしなかった。He stared at her and didn't move an inch for a while.
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dcthat sounds like a totally different nari, so i created a new page for it: nari2  
b4mb4mb4mWhat about a (noun)+なり?

Example: きりとて、二つが相容れることもまた不可能なり。

The nari is after 不可能 which is a noun or na-adj.

Any idea what nari means here?

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