When is it possible to connect sentences using the stem of masu-form? Are there restrictions on the use of this form?


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You can list activities. It does not imply temporal order, so it is sometimes unnatural. When the verb stem ends with a consonant, you need to insert the epenthetic vowel i.


If you want to imply temporal order, use the te form.


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    Is there any time when it would be preferable to use over the connective って? (e.g. does it carry a different nuance, is it more conversational, etc.) Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 16:32
  • Another answerer said the て-form implied order and 中止系 did not, but changed their answer and said neither actually imply order. They said the form which means one action came after another is てから. japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/23789/… Commented Aug 12, 2023 at 22:45

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