Monday, 14 January 2013

て form: Connecting sentences

Another use of the て form is that you can connect two related sentences together with it.

The problem though, is you can only really connect sentences that are subject and time related, so be careful how you use it. Also, you should only connect together two sentences, or three at the most otherwise you risk sounding quite unnatural. 

しちじおきてがっこういきます。I get up at 7 and go to school. 

おきて is the て form of おきる which means to get up. We use the particle here because it indicates movement from one place to another. 

When creating a sentence using the て form, you have to remember that the verb at the end shouldn't be theて form. As you can see, in our example sentence, いきます is used and not x いって。(The te form of いく which is irregular.) Also, this verb decides the tense of the sentence. So if you wanted to make it past tense, you'd say:

しちじおきてがっこういきました。I got up at 7 and went to school. 

いきました being the past tense form of いく (It's also the polite form.)


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