What's the difference between these two ways of saying "I'm driving to meet a friend"?



Is this the difference between between V-stem and V-te conjunctives, one is written and the other colloquial?

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    @user3856370 I didn't see it anywhere, actually. See, you can use V-stem with に行く to mean "go to do". My thinking was that I could use the same construction with something other than 行く to express an action with a purpose behind it. I tried a few variations on it, and online translators understood it, which made me think I was doing something right. Jan 10, 2021 at 16:28
  • @LonelyDriver Do you mean 会いに行く
    – Ringil
    Jan 10, 2021 at 16:34
  • @Ringil, I totally did. Oopsie. Thanks for noticing it. Anyway, the question still stands. Jan 10, 2021 at 16:36

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In the form 「連用形(continuative form)+に+移動動詞(motion verb)」, the 移動動詞 can be 行く, 来る, 帰る, 戻る, 出る, 出かける, 入る, etc.

◎「会いに行く」"go to see" 「会いに来る」"come to see" 「会いに帰る」"come back to see" ...
✕「会いに運転する」 sounds incorrect.

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俺は友達に会って運転している would be interpreted as "I met my friend and am driving."

To say "I'm driving to meet my friend", I would probably say...

「車で友達に会いに行く(ところだ)」 lit. I'm (on my way) going to meet a friend by car.

  • Live and learn. Thank you. But as for 俺は友達に会って運転している, wouldn't it be interpreted differently based on context? You can use -te for purpose as in 俺は友達に会って運転している "I stopped a bullet to save her", at least if this lesson is to be believed jn1et.com/howto-tekei/#toc22. But again, if it's unnatural to say things like that, I guess it doesn't matter. Jan 10, 2021 at 17:28
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    "I stopped a bullet to save her" -- You mean 私は彼女をかばって銃弾を受けた? In that sentence, 彼女をかばう and 銃弾を受ける happen at the same time. The ~て is more like "in the manner of~~" or "while doing so" than genuine "for the purpose of". 友達に会う and 運転する might happen at the same time, but "I am meeting a friend and am driving", "I am driving while meeting a friend" won't be natural.
    – chocolate
    Jan 10, 2021 at 17:45
  • Awesome. That helps a lot. Thanks again. Jan 10, 2021 at 17:50

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