- 22 Feb 2008
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And you did it again.Mistakes in my corrected efforts. ouch.
The present form also expresses the present habit, for instance, 朝起きて、新聞を読みます。 can mean "I wake up, and read a newspaper every morning".An 'in the present' example. I will do this then that.
The -te form is used just to connect the two clauses there, as in the explanation in Genki, The meaning is decided by the relation between the two clauses. It might be the cause/reason of the main clause, or even can be an adversative conjunction "but". Think about an example "I took a bath, and rested". This sentence can mean both "I took a bath, and after that, I rested in my room" and "I took a bath, and rested in the bath" in English, isn't it? おふろに入って、休みました。has a similar ambiguity also in Japanese. The purpose of this section in Genki is to learn how to connect two clauses with using -te form. You will learn other various meanings of this -te form later.