At the beginning of Junko Yagami song "Bay city" there are several te form, i can't understand how they are "resolved".

Romaji : anata wo otte Tasogare no Bay City meguri aetara Damatte dakitomete

Kanji : あなたを追って 黄昏のBay City めぐり逢えたら 黙って抱きとめて

Translation i found : I follow you to The Bay city in twilight and if I see you there Just shut up and hold me

The only verb which is not in te-form is aetara. "au" to meet : Past Indicative of Potential Plain this is perhaps the resolution i am searching for but 2 things bothered me :

  • ra at the end of potential form
  • this verb is not placed at final position

all others verbs otte (ou) Damatte (damaru) dakitomete (daku) are in te form if i am correct.

Can someone explain this or point to an article explaining this use of te form ?

Thanks a lot

  • Which use? The last one? If you know how the て-form generally works, you should have little trouble with the first two.
    – aguijonazo
    Jul 24, 2021 at 15:40
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    If you don't know たら, this might help.
    – aguijonazo
    Jul 24, 2021 at 15:43
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    And this might help about the final て.
    – aguijonazo
    Jul 24, 2021 at 15:49
  • ok for the final て it must be ください being assumed.
    – Pansoul
    Jul 24, 2021 at 21:55
  • About aetara, i can find some resources about conditional form but it should be attara. aetara form seems to refer to potential form. anyway, thanks for your links.
    – Pansoul
    Jul 24, 2021 at 22:21


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