I've come across a character in a show wondering:


This was translated as:

But after all I said, where do we start?

I generally view the 〜た form as past tense, but here the latter does not seem to be translated this way. Why is that, and what are the rules behind that?

Is it possibly related to Usage of doubled non-past tense "た"?

  • Which た are you referring to? There are two of them in your example.
    – istrasci
    Nov 5, 2020 at 21:11
  • Ah, you're right. The latter one, edited the question!
    – F.X.
    Nov 5, 2020 at 21:50
  • related/duplicate: japanese.stackexchange.com/a/65750/21657
    – Shurim
    Nov 5, 2020 at 23:36
  • I still think this question is valid as the related questions never really gave a reason as to why the past tense is used, nor did they provide any sort of authoritative source - like a page from a monolingual dictionary - for said usage.
    – user26484
    Nov 6, 2020 at 9:22
  • @Shurim That sounds exactly like what I was looking for, thank you!
    – F.X.
    Nov 6, 2020 at 9:24


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