If both can express habits like things you tend to do, what is the difference between their uses?




Why was つい used here? Would 〜がち also make sense?

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    is 〜つい put the beginning of the sentence? I mean「 "つい"、言いそびれてしまった」 or something. – kimi Tanaka Jul 27 '19 at 21:40
  • I'm not sure what this つい is about, either. Can you give us a pair or full example phrases? – naruto Jul 28 '19 at 7:18
  • added some examples, thanks :)) – jacoballens Jul 28 '19 at 7:31

つい doesn't necessarily stand for habit but that you do something unintentionally. がち stands for tendency and means that something is expected to happen to some extent frequently, whether it's intentional or unintentional.

  • why can つい sometimes denote the time something happened? such as the other day, recently, etc? – jacoballens Jul 28 '19 at 8:36
  • It can express how ignorable the spatial or temporal distance is. jisho.org/word/%E3%81%A4%E3%81%84 – user4092 Jul 29 '19 at 2:16

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