Te-form is very useful and used in variety of ways.

  • Instruction: “Please ~”  -> ~te.
    e.g. mite!   :(Please) Look!
  • Progressive form  -> ~te ru.
    e.g. ima, terebi miteru : Now watching TV.   
  • Asking for permission -> te mo ii?
    e.g. terebi mitemo ii?May/Can I watch TV?

How to make Te-form?

-> From Ta-form, just change “ta” to “te” (except: nomu & asobu : ~da-> ~de)

*You neet to learn “ta” form first at Ch9.

iku -> itte okiru -> okite miru->mite
kuru -> kite neru -> nete kiku -> kiite
kaeru -> kaette taberu -> tabete asobu -> asonde
benkyoo suru -> shite nomu -> nonde kau -> katte

Renshuu shimashoo! (Let’s practise saying 3 te-form usages) 😛

Kaiwa (Conversation)

Please ~

A: Kore, oishii yo. Tabete! /This is tasty. Have some!
B: Un, waa, oishii!       /Yup, wow, yummy!
A: Kite, kite!           /Come here!
B: Nani nani?           /What’s up?

What are u doing now?

A: ima nani shiteru?  /What are u doing now?
B: biiru nonderu.      /I’m drinking beer.
C: terebi miteru.     /I’m watching TV.
D: rajio kiiteru.       /I’m listening to the radio.

Can I / May I ~?

A: nee, kore tabete mo ii? /Hey, can I eat this?
B: iiyo.   /Sure.
A: nee, kore katte mo ii?   /Hey, can I buy this?
B: takai kara dame.       /You can’t cos It’s exp.
A: biiru nonde mo ii?     /Can I drink beer?
B: mochiron!               /Sure, of course.
“nee,” is used when you get attention in casual way among friends or family.

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