Sometimes I come upon phrases like this:


Where the て form is used at the end but not for a request. It doesn't seem to be one of those cases where the order of the words is simply "inverted" either, so what's the nuance behind the て form in this case?


Te-form at the end of a sentence can be:

  1. Request marker
  2. Reason marker
  3. Simple "continuation" marker used to indicate the current story continues

    で is usually used to connect to phrases, but when the speaker is too excited about the first part already, s/he wants to affirm it with ね

    For that reason, you will keep encountering "sentences" ending with conjunctions and verbs/adjectives in the te-forms for as long as you study Japanese. We call those 「言いさし表現」.

In this case, it's 3. This te-form is used to keep the listener's attention by indicating this is not the end of his story and he has something more to say about it.

  • I've seen it used in some instances where it was actually the end of the story though. Is it then similar to using けど or が at the end of a sentence or something? EDIT: Sorry, now that I think about it those would probably fit under the second definition. But couldn't my example fit under the second definition too?
    – xndfrr
    Aug 9 '18 at 3:52
  • @xndfrr It could be 2, if this is an explanation of some previous context (e.g. "You're severely injured! What happend!?")
    – naruto
    Aug 9 '18 at 4:00
  • I think that's the case then, he's providing context for how he ended up captured by a group of thieves.
    – xndfrr
    Aug 9 '18 at 4:03
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    Hey @naruto, apparently this is the source: geocities.jp/p_lilith_q/daihon/beruseruku1.htm
    – BJCUAI
    Aug 9 '18 at 6:18
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    Okay, then this te-form looks like a combination of both 2 and 3. Te-form for reason can be in plain form (e.g. "電車が遅れて。")
    – naruto
    Aug 9 '18 at 7:13

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