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Why do they use the 連用形 instead of the て form here? [duplicate]

I know that the て form can be used to connect verbs together, like the English "and": 毎日私は食べて寝る。 I eat and sleep every day. And I know the 連用形 can be used to connect verbs as well, but it ...
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Why is the verb 選ばれる left in its stem form in the middle of this sentence? [duplicate]

しかし、アメリカではふつう、スポーツチームは腕{うで}で選{えら}ばれ,学業{がくぎょう}のコースは学力{がくりょく}によって選{えら}ばれます。 However, in America, sports teams are generally chosen by skill, and academic courses by ability.
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What is the grammar explanation for 高くなり? [duplicate]

I'm trying to make sense of this sentence: 一寸法師の背が高くなり立派な青年になりました It's from the 一寸法師 story. I don't understand the word 高くなり. It seems so be takakunarimasu, the same inflection but without the ...
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What is the difference between て phrase ending verbs and nominalized verb-stem phrase ending verbs? [duplicate]

For example in the sentence 政府は学校や病院を建設し、教師や医療スタッフの訓練も始めた。What's the difference in the first phrase ending in 建設し rather than 建設して?
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なく vs. なくて and stem form vs. てform as conjunctions

I have been wondering about this, since every time I hand in a 作文 in a Japanese class, I'm corrected on conjunctions. It seems to me that whenever I use a てform as a conjunction, a response comes back ...
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Use of verb ます-stem when て-form seems possible

I saw this line is a song: 時計塔の頂上椅子に座り微笑んでるあなたは I'm curious why it uses すわり rather than 座って? Since it's a sequence of actions I would've thought 座って would be more applicable, but since 座り ...
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Do I have a good grasp on the basics of what the continuative form is?

I'm doing some research as to what continuative forms are, due to naruto's previous answer to a earlier question of mine. To make sure I understand correctly; roughly; the "continuative form" is what ...
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adding ーすませ to the end of a noun

The second line of the song Umi no Koe/海の声 says: 風の声に 耳すませ (kaze no koe ni mimisumase) In this sentence, what does it mean when すませ is added at the end of 耳/ear. The full verse is this: ...
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Is the 「て」 missing from 「され」 in this sentence?

Here is the sentence. ソフトのプレイ中にHOMEボタンを押すと、ソフトが中断されHOMEメニューが表示されます。 I think 「て」 should follow the verb 「中断され」 to create conjunctive/continuative form.
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What is meant by 魔法が単なる数式みたくなって意味を見いだせなくなってしまう

I need some clarification on two sentences in the below. My first question is that I am not sure what それ is referring to in それを自分で把握, which makes me unable to understand the next sentence. A few ...
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How is this unnecessarily informal?

I was reading this particular answer, when I found something interesting and confusing to me. The answer stated: If one had to insert a particle in [会社{かいしゃ}など230の会社] that made sense, that ...
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What form is 超え in 人の理を超え…?

my question is , what does 超え in 人の理を超えその身を保ち生き永らえながら…その全てを搾取支配人を弄ぶことに費やして…何を為そうとした' mean ? Is it a form of 越える? If yes, what form is it (you know, like ~て、~た、~しょう... etc)? I haven't stumbled across ...
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Why this verb isn't in the dictionary form?

The sentence is this one: おむすびがころころ転がり穴におちてしまいました Why is it 転がり instead of 転がる? Also for a bonus question, I read in this forum site that てしまう means to make emphasis on the ending of the action ...
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Usage of repeated「として」

How would you translate the below sentence? 「芸術家として生き芸術家として死にたいです」 I understand 「~として」can be translated roughly as "As~", but I'm not sure if anything changes when they are chained? Also, does 「...