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Decoded Slug: Verb ては (~te wa)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verb ては (~te wa)

Verb ては (~te wa)

Short explanation:

Expresses a repeated negative event; 'whenever', 'the more...the more'.


Verb-てform + は


Kanojo ni au tabi ni, watashi wa kinchou shite shimaimasu.
Whenever I meet her, I get nervous.
Kono heya wo souji shite wa konzatsu ni naru.
Whenever I clean this room, it gets messy again.
Undou shite wa tabe, tabe te wa undou suru.
I exercise then eat, and eat then exercise.
Benkyou shite wa nete, nete wa benkyou shite iru.
I study then sleep, and sleep then study.

Long explanation:

The ~ては grammar point is used to express a negative event or result that keeps happening whenever a certain action is performed or condition is met. It can translate into English as 'whenever' or 'the more...the more'. The formation only changes if it is used with an additional catchphrase.

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