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This is just a guess to answer your updated challenge based on then entries in the プログレッシブ dictionary. Whereas 捕らえる puts the emphasis on the capture of a criminal, 捕まえる can be used to refer to either the capture (捕らえる) or the detaining (引き留める). In your question you made the criminal the subject and used the word やっと to mean finally caught: The emphasis ...


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Basically, 撮る → take a photograph 写る → be in a photograph 写す → copy something down As @user3683045 mentioned, we also use 写す for photographing something.



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