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Decoded Slug: Verb ては Verb (~ te wa ~)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
Verb ては Verb (~ te wa ~)

Verb ては Verb (~ te wa ~)

Short explanation:

Used to express a repeated pattern of action, commonly translating into English as 'every time' or 'whenever'.


Verb-て form + は + Verb


Watashi ga tsuukin shite wa, denshi shoseki o yonde imasu.
Whenever I commute, I read e-books.
Tomodachi ga heya ni kite wa, geemu o shite imasu.
Every time my friend comes to the room, we play games.
Kare ga sake o nonde wa, unten shinaide kudasai.
Whenever he drinks alcohol, please don't drive.
Watashi ga atarashii kyoku o tsukutte wa, sugu ni rokuon shimasu.
Every time I create a new song, I record it immediately.

Long explanation:

This grammar point is used when you want to express a repeated or cyclical pattern of actions or events. It can be translated into English as 'every time', 'whenever', or 'if at all'. The formation is based on a verb.

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