I know that the て form can be used to connect verbs together, like the English "and":
I eat and sleep every day.
And I know the 連用形 can be used to connect verbs as well, but it kind of combines the meanings of the two verbs, like 飲み込む.
But I am confused by this sentence which appears a lot in TV shows and anime:
Why is ある conjugated to 連用形 here? I can understand everything else but this. I have never seen a 連用形 not followed by any other word at the end of a sentence. It is clearly saying that 'This show is a fiction and characters, organization and other stuff is not related to things IRL whatsoever".
Why isn't the て form used here?
Can 連用形s be used as て forms, like this?
Surely not, right?