I’ve tried to google this but I end up with explanations about how to use the ーて form. I want to know how to call it in Japanese, you know, like a noun is 名詞, now do you call the ーて form in grammatical terms.

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It is called(動詞の)テ形.

Also, [品詞]{ひん・し} means "part of speech" which would help when you Google things like that.

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    It's also worth noting that Japanese people will not be familiar with this term unless they know about Japanese grammar education aimed at non-natives. Grammar resources for natives don't talk about テ形.
    – Leebo
    Commented May 8, 2020 at 15:57
  • @Leebo how do they call it then? Commented May 9, 2020 at 12:43
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    @EtienneZizka て in Japanese grammar is considered a conjunction particle (接続助詞) which attaches to the conjunctive form of a verb (連用形), also called the masu stem form in English .
    – Leebo
    Commented May 9, 2020 at 13:10
  • Thank you, I had not realised it was to be interpreted as a particle considering it’s not used independently as with は or を. Commented May 9, 2020 at 13:15
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    @EtienneZizka You may be interested in this question. I posted it when I did not know the te-form was a full-fledged conjugation form to a JSL learner. As a native speaker of Japanese, I always believed 見て was two words because that was how I learned at school.
    – naruto
    Commented May 10, 2020 at 1:42

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