JLPT N5 Grammar: The Japanese te-form (テ形)

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This month, I’m going over a very useful form in Japanese, the te-form.  There are 3 main uses of the te-form at the N5 level – for commands, link sentences, and in the continuous form. The te-form is also used a in a lot of expressions and other structures.  It is one of the crucial grammar points that you need to get down pat because you’ll be using it on a fairly regular basis.  I explain more in this month’s video:

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Japanese adjectives
Japanese adjectives – past tense
Japanese adjectives – polite past tense
Japanese particle wa
Japanese particle ga
Japanese present tense verbs

Japanese past tense verbs
Other uses of Japanese adjectives
Japanese particle de
Japanese particle ni
Japanese transitive and intransitive verbs
Japanese particles mo, to and ya
Japanese particles wo, kara, made, and he
Japanese particles amari, shika, dake
Japanese Particles ka, yo, wa, and ne

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  • Ken February 25, 2014, 4:59 pm


    I am still confused with
    motte kimasu, motte ikimasu and motte kaerimasu.

    Any great examples to illustrate the difference?



    • Clayton MacKnight March 3, 2014, 3:15 pm

      These all have the same meaning, but just a question of where you are going. Are you coming to the place (kimasu), going to a place (ikimasu) or are you return home (kaerimasu). Adding the motte just makes it a little more complicated, but same basic meanings.

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