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In this sentence,

司令官【しれいかん】は軍刀【ぐんとう】を手【て】にはしたが、すぐに小野田【おのだ】さんに返【かえ】した

The commander took the sword in his hand but immediately returned it to Mr. Onoda.

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What is the grammatical function of はしたが?

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    You are parsing it wrong, I think. This is particle は.
    – Angelos
    Mar 29 at 9:56

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It is 手にした with は inserted.

は puts focus/emphasis to the whole verb phrase 手にした, so it sounds like The commander did take the sword... whereas 手にした=took the sword.

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  • A perfect explanation!
    – istrasci
    Mar 30 at 5:56

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