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This question is trickier than it may appear to many J-learners and here is why. OP's first sentence means what s/he stated in English NOT only because 「て」 was used but also because the two activities happen to be those that could not take place simultaneously -- "brush teeth" and "eat". 「て」 can certainly signify the sequence of activities, but it can also ...


It's simply that てから puts a strong emphasis on the order of the actions. て is just an enumeration and doesn't necessarily imply ordering. 味噌汁を飲んでご飯を食べる。 Drink miso soup and eat rice. (both happen, maybe together, maybe one after the other, but we can't say - they're just 2 parts of a same group of actions) 味噌汁を飲んでからご飯を食べる。 First drink miso soup, and ...

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