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I got the wrong answer when playing the 'JLPT Taisen' japanese game. The question is: "田中さんとは、学校を_____以来、会っていない". I think the answer is "卒業した", but "卒業して" is correct.

Please teach me why?

JLPT Taisen question

  • A very concise answer would probably be that 以来 is an adverb and that an adverb can't be modified by a sub-clause. – 永劫回帰 Jan 28 at 18:34
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「~て以来」 is a set phrase. You just use it like that. It means "since + (an action described by a verbal sentence)".
https://japanesetest4you.com/flashcard/learn-jlpt-n2-grammar-ていらい-te-irai/

「~た以来」does not have any sense. It is not possible to precede 以来 with a verb in the ~た form.

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    1. That's indeed what can be called a set phrase but that does not explain why た以来 is wrong. 2. We prefer real answers rather than link answers. So that even if the links die the information is still here. – 永劫回帰 Jan 28 at 19:07
  • Thanks for your comment. I added explanations. – wip Jan 28 at 19:24

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