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I always hear poeple saying

    先に行ってて which means 'go ahead' 

But I don't really understand the meaning of the last て. I know it's the abbreviation of いて but if I translate it to English, I always think like this.

       先に行っていて - Going ahead

So anyone can explain the latter 'te' of this sentence?

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This is the same phenomenon as いましょう contracted as ましょう in 飲んでましょう. –  Tsuyoshi Ito Nov 15 '13 at 13:15
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As you said, 行ってて is the colloquial contraction of 行っていて and we almost always use the contracted form in informal speech.

There is a fairly big difference in meaning between 先に行って and 先に行ってて.

先に行って simply means "You go first."

先に行ってて means "You go first and wait for me/us." or "You go first and I/we will follow you."

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And would you respond 先に行っとくね or 先に行ってるね? –  Chocolate Nov 15 '13 at 10:31
    
I guess it should be またね, then. –  Earthliŋ Nov 15 '13 at 10:46
    
@Earthling No, that is not a natural response. あとでね is. –  Tokyo Nagoya Nov 15 '13 at 11:03
    
@ちょこれーと Depends on the situation. 先に行っとくね would generally suggest that you will meet the other guy at the destination. 先に行ってるね is more versatile in that it can mean that you will meet the other guy either halfway somewhere or at the destination. However, it might be different for Kansai. I could be wrong but I feel like 行っとくね is used in both situations in Kansai. –  Tokyo Nagoya Nov 15 '13 at 11:12
    
@Tokyo Nagoya, would you be kind enough to explain the grammatical principles behind this construction in more depth, please? –  yadokari Nov 15 '13 at 13:01
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