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ちょっと待ってて (chotto matte te) literally means "Keep waiting for a while (please)." That て (te) at the end does not mean "I'll be back shortly", at least grammatically. ちょっと (chotto) just means "for a while", "a little", etc. 待ってて (matte te) is constructed as follows: 待つ (matsu): simple intransitive verb, "to wait" 待って (matte): te-form of 待つ 待っている (matte iru): ...


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@snailplane introduced this interesting article to me! 山下 好孝. テンスの「た」とアスペクトの「た」 (PDF) 初級日本語教科書では「~ましたか」の質問に対して,「~ていません」と答えるのを初級の学習者に導入する時は、「もう」と「まだ」を教える時である。(略) しかし、実際は、去年のことやもっと昔のことを開いても、「~ていません」「~てないです」という答え方をする人もいる。 The result of a survey in this article shows native speakers' preference between ~ていません and ~ませんでした in various situations. The result of ...


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A note on translation Expressing the same ideas in different languages inevitably results in all kinds of things that don't fit very well, if we try to look only at the individual words used in those expressions. This makes things quite difficult for the beginning learner, since we don't yet have a bigger-picture understanding of how a given language works....


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「〜いる」 primer Japanese is honestly far more simple than English when it comes to aspect. In Japanese, the rule is that 「〜いる」 means you are currently (or will be) in some state related to the verb, while 「〜いた」 means you had been in some state related to the verb. There are many such states: The state of doing something (progressive). The state of regularly ...


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Here's where 歩けなく comes from: Start with the verb 歩く, "to walk". Turn it into its potential form: 歩ける, "able to walk". Make it negative: 歩けない, "unable to walk". Turn the newly formed i-adjective into an adverb: 歩けなく. Now, なっちゃう is a shorter form of なって + しまう. なって, of course, is the -て form of なる, which means "to become". なる requires that the adjective ...


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Here in all of your examples, it's a contraction of 飲んでいき~ (飲んで行きい) in regional dialect mainly used in the Kansai area, meaning 飲んでいけ (飲んで + subsidiary verb 行け), or 飲んでいって(ちょうだい), literally "(Please) Drink and go." This colloquial contraction (dropping い in the subsidiary verb 行く) is also seen in Standard Japanese: 飲んでいく → 飲んでく 走っていこう。 → 走ってこう。 / ...


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If you had to construct the sentence using 〜はじめる, that would be: 傘を持っていきはじめなければいけなくなった。 I had to start bringing an umbrella. Since that is quite a mouthful (and not very natural despite its grammatical correctness), some other options: 毎日傘を持っていかなければいけなくなった。 I had to start bringing an umbrella every day. 毎日傘を持っていくようになった。 I started to bring an umbrella ...


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This た doesn't mean "past" but "completion". It isn't unnatural that た which means "completion" is used in things in the future. So 明日は、朝ご飯を食べた後、学校に行く is correct.


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The construct is more or less correct, but there are a few grammatical errors in your proposal. アメリカで9月間ぐらいに住んでいます。 I believe 住む takes に for the location of residence. アメリカに住んでいます。 「9月間ぐらい」 should be 「9ヶ月間ぐらい」, and does not need to take any particles. Also note that the 「間」 may also be dropped here in less formal situations. 9ヶ月間ぐらいアメリカに住んでいます。 ...


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東雲【しののめ】 fell out of use many years ago, and it's marked as a 古語 (archaic word) in dictionaries. It's now mainly recognized as an uncommon proper noun (e.g., 東雲駅, list of fictional characters named 東雲). Most people today don't know its meaning. Originally, 東雲 referred to a short period of time when the sun is not yet visible but the sky is already bright (...


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俺がもっと早く飛天を倒していれば… If only I had defeated Hiten much earlier... 俺がもっと早く飛天を倒せば… If I defeat Hiten much more quickly... ている here describes the continuation of state. See: When is Vている the continuation of action and when is it the continuation of state? 倒す here is a change-in-state verb (a.k.a. a punctual verb, 瞬間動詞) 俺は飛天を倒している。 I have (already) defeated ...


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疲れる is not an unusual verbal, so there is no need to identify verbals like it. Rather, understanding how Japanese expressions tend to be expressions of changes of state will help with interpreting this and similar future encounters with perfective ("past") forms. 1) Why is 疲れた used to indicate a present state? (Is there a logic behind these types of verbs ...


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Unfortunately your first example doesn't tell the same meaning as your English. You have to say: ビールを飲んでみたことがあるんだけど、味が全然好きじゃなかった。 Plainly speaking, ~しかける has only one meaning: aborting before the action reaches the "effective" stage. What means by "effective" is different according to verb (see Aktionsart), and often to each situation i.e. the moment you ...


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感謝する is "to thank", and 感謝している is "to have been thankful (since sometime in the past)" or "to be (always) thankful". Use 感謝します when someone just did something for you. Use 感謝しています when someone did something for you in the past and you've been thankful since then. You can say (この)食べ物に感謝します referring to one specific meal in front of you. You can say ...


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Your understanding is correct. 速い refers to one's speed and 早い refers to time. However, 早い has more uses than just meaning early. Check: How to distinguish between the meanings of "quickly", "soon" and "early" for 早く. 早く来る would mean coming quickly with the focus on getting there on time, not particularly on getting there with ...


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The former. For the vast majority of verbs and situations I can think of, it is: まだ [ te-form verb ] いない I haven't [ past participle ] yet まだ髪が乾いていない My hair hasn't dried yet その本はまだ読んでいない I haven't read that book yet まだ聴いていない曲 A song I haven't heard yet I'm not [ present participle ] yet can be expressed with something like: まだ [ verb stem ] ...


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A is less natural than B, because だんだん, which stands for a gradual change, doesn't really get along with なった, which is an instantaneous change. But it sounds like approximation of だんだん読めないようになっていった. In this case, the difference is, なってきた means that the change continues from a certain point in the past to the moment of speech, while なっていった means that the ...


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[初]{はじ}めてする means I do for the first time. しはじめる means I start to do. しはじめる implies that you are doing that now. So, sentence 1 is "I drank coffee for the first time" and 2 is "I started to drink coffee." In addition, 飲んではじめました is unnatural. 飲みはじめました is natural.


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ていた doesn't mean anything on itself, because it's a part of conjugation: 晴れる{はれる} - the verb - which means roughly "to become clear" (as in clear weather). 晴れて{はれて} - verb's te-form て+いる - a grammar form for continuous action て+いた - continuous action in the past Combined, 晴れていた means "it was sunny" or "the skies were clear".


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The real lie is in the assumption that the Japanese language is genetically related to Chinese. There is long cultural contact, and heavy lexical/morphological borrowing, but the underlying structures of the two languages remain distinct. To answer your question, we need to first define tense and aspect. Tense is a morphological change in verbs to denote ...


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It is a bit controversial whether Japanese really has tenses or aspects, but it may be more correct to think of them as aspects, as Japanese tends to refer to changes in state. Either way, there are only two main "tenses," which, like most conjugations in Japanese, are shared across verbals, nominals, and adjectivals. The imperfective: The "default" tense, ...


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(1) chyotto matte tte (2) why does the tte mean "... and I'll be back shortly". (1) ちょっと待{ま}ってって ↓ 「ちょっと待{ま}って」って ↓ 「ちょっと待って(ください)」って ↓ 「ちょっと待って(ください)」と ↓ 「ちょっと待って(ください)」と(私{わたし}が言{い}ってるのに、あなたはなぜ待ってくれないの?) ↓ 「ちょっと待って(ください)」と(私が言ってるのに、あなたはなぜ待ってくれないの?) 「I'll be back shortly」って思{おも}ってるのに。 ↓ (2) Why don't you wait for me a moment in spite of my saying "...


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It's NOT 留める has two readings, but two similar but distinct words share the written form 留める. As for how different (or how similar) they are, I could say the main difference between とめる and とどめる is aspect. The figure below explains how. EDIT: Note that とめる only happens in the transitional duration, while とどめる does as long as you're keeping it still (maybe ...


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知る means something more akin to "get to know". So by saying 電話番号を知ります you're saying that you "are getting to know something ", you don't know it yet. So if you're asking whether someone knows a number, then you have to use the form that reflects that current state of things. That's why you say 電話番号を知っています to mean you know something. This works very ...


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