According to the rules of accent, a "flat" verb (平板式) keeps flat in its て-form, and a non-"flat" (起伏式) verb is accented in the antepenultimate position in the て-form:

ア↑ビル(浴びる)→ ア↑ビテ
タ↑ベ↓ル(食べる)→ タ↓ベテ

According to my books[*], ている-form keeps the accent location, so


The suffix -ます is accented as マ↓ス no matter the main verb is flat or non-flat, its naturally to deduce:


but "タ↓ベテイル" is not a regular accent for simple verb[**], so I am not sure:

タ↑ベテイマ↓ス (treated like a simple verb)
タ↓ベテ・イ↑マ↓ス (treated separately)
タ↓ベテイマス (with the accent of -ます neglected)

Which is(/are) correct?

[*] 三省堂 明解日本語アクセント辞典, and NHK 日本語発音アクセント辞典; neither talks about the case of "て+auxilary verb"; [**] Regularly verbs are either "flat" or accented penultimately.

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It is タ↓ベテ・イ↑マ↓ス theoretically. (The same question on goo)

But similar to the following question, the rise before マ is not full, so it is felt more like タ↓ベテ・イマ↓ス

  • (Though not the same topic,) do verbs accented before penultimate mora have the similar pattern? ア↓イツグ(相次ぐ)→ ア↓イツイデ;ア↓イツギマ↓ス Jul 12, 2023 at 7:43
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    @KotobaTrilyNgian Generally I think yes, the same applies to functional words like ます like I commented for ない in the linked answer.
    – sundowner
    Jul 12, 2023 at 9:30

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