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I think you have almost grasped the "tournure" and I have few to contribute, but... I assume the phrase is still a contraction of 見ていて That's correct. As for the example, the girl in the film says おとう、見てて. That corresponds to "Look at me (doing this), Dad." it would mean something like "check out this website (and continue doing so for a nontrivial ...


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Not ever in my experience. ~ている is actually a grammar point, which explains why it wouldn't be in a dictionary for looking up vocabulary words. Yeah, the chances of you using 知る or 住む are rare, but the dictionary assumes you just want to know the word and already know how to use it. Often, this isn't the case, but that's why you study outside of ...



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