It is a situation that a little girl throwing several raw eggs to two policemen. After that, she was running away and saying the below sentence.

Here is the sentence.


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ふりかけてきてやった is composed of three verbs, ふりかける, くる and やる.

振りかける is an ordinary transitive verb meaning to sprinkle. くる and やる are called subsidiary verbs (補助動詞), which are already explained in detail here: What is a subsidiary verb?

The subsidiary verb くる has several roles, some of which can be a bit tricky at first. From デジタル大辞泉:

9 (補助動詞)動詞の連用形に接続助詞「て」が付いた形に付く。

㋐ is interesting (see the link), but it's not relevant now. The girl used くる in the sense of ㋒, because she had done it somewhere else. くる in the sentence in question simply means "go/come and [verb]", "[verb] before coming here", etc.

As for the subsidiary verb やる, there are two meanings:

15 (補助動詞)動詞の連用形に「て」を添えた形に付く。

Again, ㋐ is common, but the definition ㋑ applies in this sentence. I think it can be translated into English as "dare to [verb]", "[verb] purposely", "even [verb]", etc.

All in all, this sentence means "I even sprinkled natto (on the policemen, before I came here)!"


きて = くる = come
やった = やる = do
きてやった = came and did

So that's what those two mean by themselves. However, there is also a verb in the て form before that. て + くる form can mean "come" in time as well as space:

もってくる = bring
やってくる = do (until now)

The second meaning is the opposite of temporal て + いく:

やっていく = do (from now on)

Also, やった can have a jubilant connotation, like shouting "I did it!" "やった!" Which still makes sense with the literal translation, but I just thought I would mention it, because it's one of the ways that やる is different from する.

  • Which meaning do you think くる has in the OP's sentence?
    – user1478
    May 13, 2015 at 16:46
  • It's hard to say without more context or a better understanding of the word ふりかける. My guess is "I also sprinkled natto (on the eggs) before I came and did this." That is based on the definition of ふりかける as well as the OP making it seem like きてやった went together. However, I can also imagine that it might mean "I've also been sprinkling natto (on you, the policemen) up till now."
    – Darcinon
    May 13, 2015 at 16:56

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