1)What is the meaning of the てくる form in this specific case?(I more or less know the meanings of てくる but I can't tell which one is used in 呼んでくる)

2)Does it imply going somewhere or this action can be done by telephone staying at the same place?

3)If the person goes somewhere to accomplish this action, does he need to come back with the target person or this verb only says that the target person will be called by the doer?

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(though some of these are much more in-depth than is needed to answer your question)

1) Simply put, 呼んでくる (in the sense of calling someone over, by whatever means) would be translated as

"I'll come back after calling (them)."


"I'll go call (them) and come back."

2) In this sense, the implication of this phrase is that the act of calling will take place elsewhere, after which the speaker will return to this place, or to person to whom they are speaking.

3) Also in this sense, the use of てくる here is essentially a statement of intention to return to the current location, so it would be strange if the speaker chose not to come back.

As @CSPP noted in the comments, there is another possible meaning of 呼んでくる, which can be thought of as "to come to call (someone) (a certain name)" ... the "come" represented by this てくる does not represent movement, but rather a change over time, or a choice to do something, in this case, call someone by a certain name.

私{わたし}を親分{おやぶん}と呼{よ}んでくる連中{れんちゅう} — Those who (come to) call me "boss"

in this case, there is no physical movement being implied, instead the てくる form here represents a "psychological" change, in the sense that the action is being applied "toward" the subject in some emotional or mental sense.

  • Incomplete answer. 呼んでくる also means "come up calling..." in sentences such as わたしをママって呼んでくるおねえさん or 名字で呼んでくる男友達にイラっとする. In the case you describe, the て form only implies a succession of two actions (call and come), but in the case I describe, the て form implies a superposition of actions (come by calling) IMO
    – user31974
    Nov 24, 2018 at 12:18
  • hmm. I see. simply put, that second て form would in English be translated as "calls X Y" as in "calls me Mom" or "calls me by my last name"... hmm. Nov 24, 2018 at 12:39
  • Yes, but for the sake of understanding I think it's better to interprete (=understand) it as "come calling" since the nuance of くる isn't implied in the English "calls X Y"
    – user31974
    Nov 24, 2018 at 12:41
  • can I ask though, is that sense of "coming" really important in the Japanese? What I mean is, if someone uses 呼んでくる in that sense, are they specifically trying to denote that the calling always happens as the other person is coming along, or is that information kind of "incidental"? Nov 24, 2018 at 12:44
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    I removed my -1, thanks for editing!
    – user31974
    Nov 24, 2018 at 16:47

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