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Meaning of なると

What is the meaning of the phrase "なると" in this sentence:

毎年八月になると十日ぐらい仕事を休んで外国へ行きます。

January 27, 2019

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なる is the verb "to become". When used as part of a larger sentence, Xになると means something like "when it comes to X, ..." or "When it becomes X, ..."

So for example:

秋になると葉は黄色くなる "When it becomes autumn, the leaves turn yellow." or simply "In autumn, the leaves turn yellow."

It can also mark less time-specific "moments". For example:

水が凍って固体になると氷と呼ばれる。
"When water freezes and becomes solid, we call it ice."

It also doesn't need to be about time at all. For example:

彼はジャズのことになると無我夢中になる。
"When it comes to jazz, he loses himself (in the music)."

In your example, it means "Every year, when it becomes August"

January 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/CorniDawgz

I will probably be downvoted but.. I read Naruto from the anime lol.

January 27, 2019

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Like the others said it means something like "when it becomes". なる is the verb "to become" and と can be seen as "when", in the sense that the first part of the sentence is a precondition for the second part. It should be noted that using と like this is usually done when stating something that happens regularly, or general knowledge.

Simple example: 冬になると、寒くなります。"When it becomes winter, it gets cold."

January 27, 2019
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