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Think about it this way. When you have a verb, it has certain 'slots' that have to be filled with nouns. 食べる, being a transitive verb, has two slots - subject and object. である also has two slots (though it's not a transitive verb, it's a special kind of thing) - subject and predicate. We've got three nouns here (これ, 本 and 犬), and we need to figure out how ...


Isn't there also a difference depending on whether the verb is transitive or intransitive? eg. 電気を消す。 Turn off the lights. 電気が消える。 Lights turn off. Intransitive verbs tend to follow ga while wo preceeds transitive.


It is 「ては」, not 「は」, that one needs to be looking at here. You seem to have its usage figured out, though. "Action A + ては + Action B" Action A must be in the [連用形]{れんようけい}, but Action B could be in almost any form. This format expresses the repeated sequence of two different actions. You do A, B, A, B, A, B・・・ 手あたり次第に繰りひろげては耽読した = "(I) ...

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