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I am a beginner Japanese student, and I'm going through a song and translating it. I am struggling to understand the word 誘われて in the first line. I understand that the verb is 誘う; is this the -te form? I thought the -te form would be 誘って.

The full context is this:

真っ白な景色にいま誘われて
僕は行くよ まだ見ぬ世界へ

I would appreciate any help! Bonus points if you can guess the song :)

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The base 誘う's te-form would be 誘って, but it's not just the basic 誘う.

誘う = base

誘われる = passive form

誘われて = passive form's te-form

In your song it indicates to be invited by something/someone.

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  • thank you! I understand now :) – Sam Jul 14 '19 at 12:50
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誘われて is a て-form, but not of 誘う, which would be 誘って, as you correctly note.

Rather, it is the て-form of the passive conjugation of 誘う, which is 誘われる. 誘われて would mean "(I) am/was invited", with the tense as usual determined by the end-of-sentence verb.

Does that help you to piece together the rest of the translation?

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  • yes! thank you very much – Sam Jul 14 '19 at 12:50
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誘われて is the passive -te form, usually understood by the final verb. However, this -te form (as a standard grammatical construct) may simply end the first part of a compound sentence, such as your example:

真っ白な景色にいま誘われて 僕は行くよ まだ見ぬ世界へ

and, as it were, the same is true of first sentence of KAWAKAMI Hiromi's short story "Kamisama"

くまにさそわれて散歩に出る。

Band: Nico touches the Wall Song title: HOLOGRAM Song for Full Metal Alchemist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JwYgd4zHvU

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    KAWAKAMA Hiromi <- Kawakami ? – Chocolate Jul 24 at 14:17

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