I sometimes see moving or directional verbs doubled up, with the first verb in て form. I think my professor mentioned that this just sometimes happens but means the same as if you didn't have the second verb. So essentially the following 2 sentences are the same (both meaning I went traveling).


But is there any nuance difference between the 2?

I might also be wrong. Something tells me this might mean I went traveling and was still there.

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    Strictly speaking, it is 「行ってきました」, not 「行って来ました」. Subsidiary verbs are written in kana.
    – user4032
    Dec 13, 2013 at 21:23
  • Thanks. I thought that was usually the case. But my professor sometimes uses the kanji. Perhaps he is just testing our recognition of them. Dec 13, 2013 at 23:17

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The first is simply "I went on a trip". The second emphasizes the fact that you went an on trip and are (somewhat) recently back now.

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