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N5 Lesson 7: 7/13

~て (Sequence)

And, And then, After that (sequence)


Verb[て]+ (Action) Phrase


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    Conjunctive Particle

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About Verb + て+ B

The form of a verb, followed by another verb phrase is often translated to 'then', or 'and then', and is how Japanese lists sequences of events that happen one after another.


This grammar construction is used for listing things that happen in order, for example 'I did (A), then (B), then (C)'. Other grammar structures will need to be used if you would like to talk about things that happen/happened in no particular order. For example たり~たりする, which will appear in a sentence like 'I did things like (C), and (A), oh, and (B)!'




    I ate dinner and brushed my teeth.


    Tomoko locked up the house and left.


    Tomorrow I will wake up at 9 (and), eat breakfast, and go shopping.


    'What did you do after you went to Tokyo?'
    ('You went to Tokyo, and then what did you do?')


    I met Hitomi's mother, and we went back together.

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Verb + て+ B – Grammar Discussion

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  • komocode



    ‘I want to go home and take a nap.’

    Should it be I want to return home?

  • Maxinoume


    What’s the difference between the lesson here and this earlier lesson?

    At first glance, the earlier lesson details only shows sentences with a comma after て but when you look in the example sentences, it isn’t always the case.

  • Stephenn


    I’m very new to this and I had the same question and came here to see if there was an answer. I saw there was no answer so I looked at the examples again. The version in lesson 5 seems to focus on how you add the conjunction particle to the verb. All of the examples are verb → verb + te. The version in lesson 7 seems to be focusing on how that functions by itself in a sentence.

    I don’t know why they separated those ideas or put a couple of other ways the te particle functions with verbs before it, but I think that’s the difference.

    If anyone else wants to clarify, expand, or explain, would love an answer.

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