Level 2 Grammar : ~totomoni

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~と共に
~とともに

~totomo ni

There are three meaning/usages of this expression.

A. 意味:
~と一緒に
~といっしょうに
~to issho ni
Together with~

接続: [名]+とともに
例文:

お正月は家族とともに過ごしたい。
おしょうがつはかぞくとともにすごしたい。
Oshyougatsu wa kazoku to tomoni sugoshitai.
I want to spend New Year (party) with my family.

語彙:

Oshougatsu – New year
kazoku – family
sugoshitai – want to attend (sugosuru). Masu-form of V + tai = want to V

* issho ni is more colloquial than to tomo ni

B.意味:
~であると同時に
~であるとどうじに
~de aru to douji ni
At the same time~

* 同時 is composed of kanji 同 meaning same and 時 meaning time.

接続: [動–辞書形 ; い形–い ; な形–である ; 名形–である]+とともに
例文:

小林氏は、学生を指導するとともに、研究にも力を入れている。
こばやししはがくせいをしどうするとともに、けんきゅうにもちからをいれている。
Kobayashishi wa gakusei o shidou suru to tomoni, kenkyuu ni mo chikara o irete iru.*
Mr. Kobayashi coaches the students and at the same time does some research.
(lit.) Mr. Kobayashi coaches the students and puts his strength in making some researches at the same time.

語彙:

shi (氏) is formal for san, meaning Mr., Ms., Mrs. Remember the kanji 氏 in 氏前 which means surname?
gakusei – student
shidou suru – to coach, to guide
kenkyuu – research, study
chikara – energy, strength
irete iru – putting in/putting into (ireru)

Additional info: te-form of V + imasu/iru converts the verb to its progressive tense.
example:

tabemasu – to eat. Tabemasu is polite form of taberu.
tabete imasu – eating. This is the polite form of tabete iru.

To form the past progressive tense, change iru to ita or imasu to imashita:

tabete imashita

C.意味:
一つの変化と一緒に、別の変化がおこる。
ひとつのへんかといっしょに、べつのへんかがおこる。
Hitotsu no henka to issho ni, betsu no henka ga okoru.
(lit.) As one change occurs, another change occurs with it.
* accdg to jgram.org: is used when a change leads to another one.
As~

接続: [動–辞書形 ; 名]+とともに
例文:

年をとるとともに、体力が衰える。
としをとるとともに、たいりょくがおとろえる。
Toshi o toru to tomoni, tairyoku ga otoroeru.
As you become older, your physical strength becomes weaker.

語彙:

toshi – year
toru – to take
tairyoko – physical strength
otoroeru – to become weak

*Similar expressions are ~ni shitagatte/ni shitagai and ~ni tsurete/ni tsure.

じゃ、またね。

Source:
http://www.jgram.org
A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar – ISBN-4789007758

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