What does it mean to have も plus the て form and きて?A translation gives me “Now that it’s snowing...” so does するもしてきて mean “Now that it’s X...”? Or is there another meaning to it?


This is a combination of three grammar points, namely も, -てくる and sentence-end te-form.

  1. 雪が降る。
    It snows.
  2. 雪が降ってきた
    It started to snow.
  3. 雪が降ってきて…
    It started to snow, and/so ...
  4. 降ってきて…
    It even/also started to snow, and/so ...
    • が/は is replaced with も to describe the nuance of "on top of that".
  • thank you for this! so if て can indicate cause or training (from the second link you provided) when would you use it instead of から or ので? – jacoballens Aug 1 at 13:15
  • @jacoballens から/ので is very explicit 'because', but て is milder and close to 'and'. See: learn-japanese-adventure.com/te-form-cause-reason.html – naruto Aug 1 at 13:22

Some context would help!

Anyway the も and て are sometimes used in that way describing a series of events, with a kind of an unstated tone of [Already this, I wonder what will happen next?]

So, the sentence in the title could eg come from someone who has first said:

The weather forecast really got it wrong this time. They said this was supposed to be a nice, warm and sunny winter day, but it's so cold, and can't see the sun anywhere! ... [Look!] now it even started to snow, [I bet we will soon get a thunderstorm as well!]

[ほら!] 雪も降ってきて [きっともうすぐ雷にもなるだろう]

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    I think the asker also wants to know what くる means as a helping verb here. – Leebo Jul 29 at 0:15
  • @Tuomo the sentence in the title was the first thing said, haha. it was in a video at the very beginning – jacoballens Jul 29 at 1:18
  • @Leebo that’s correct! – jacoballens Jul 29 at 1:44
  • OK, so くる was used to say "started" (it started to snow), ie same as 振り始めた. Why きて instead of きた could mean e.g. that the dialogue / monologue continues after that statement, or that the person is implying abut some "action" / "conclusion" to take place as a result of the snow (eg a father or mother being at a playground with a kid and then telling the kid that they should go back home). – Tuomo Jul 29 at 1:57
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    I think it's misleading to say that てくる is the same as [masu-stem]+はじめる. Here is a question that deals with ていく and てくる japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/676/… – Leebo Jul 29 at 2:14

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