What does the te-form mean here by itself?


Edit: The context is a newspaper headline: 大学の入学試験「コロナウイルスがうつった人のことも考えて」Does a te-request really make sense in this context?

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    This is when more context will help.
    – Eddie Kal
    Jan 12 at 20:33
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    @EddieKal Not 100% sure, but very likely that this NHK easy news article is the source: www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/k10013425551000/k10013425551000.html
    – Setris
    Jan 12 at 22:18
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    NHK News Easy is news, but calling it a newspaper with no other context is a little misleading. It's intentionally written to be easy to read, so the language used does not necessarily have to conform to standard newspaper conventions.
    – Leebo
    Jan 13 at 22:47

It's a short form of 「~てください(te-kudasai)」 and kudasai is omitted. So the whole sentence should be 「コロナウイルスがうつった人のことも考えてください。」, which means "Please think about the people who got infected with the coronavirus."

I think this usage of Te-form is more common in conversation than writing, such as 「助けて!(tasukete="Help (me)!")」 or 「明日来て。(asita kite="Come tomorrow.")」, probably because it's short and easy to say. On the other hand, Te-kudasai is more formal, polite, and common in writing.

  • Hello, please see my comment! Jan 13 at 22:39
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    I've read the NHK news web. Hmm, I think there are two possibilities. (1) 文部科学省は、大学に対して、「コロナウイルスがうつった人のことも考えてください。」と言った。 Ministry of education tells universities to "think about the people(=students) who got infected with coronavirus." (2) 大学の入学試験は、コロナウイルスがうつった人のことも考えて実施される予定だ。 University exam will be took place taking into consideration the people(=students) who got infected with coronavirus. I can't be sure whether (1) or (2) is correct, but I think in either case the main point of the news is that university exam will take COVID positive students into consideration.
    – Masa Y
    Jan 14 at 1:55

Context would help, but I would suggest considering the possibility of it being a request, leaving a following ください or more informally くれ unsaid. The sentence therefore means something like "(Please) Think about all the people the corona virus has infected."


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