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xminus1

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Hello!

I was re-reading the following dialogue, and it occurred to me that the 続けます (below) could be 続く in the potential form, whereas when I first read these sentences I took 続けます as 続ける (transitive), with 仕事 as the (elliptical) object . Am I correct in thinking this is ambiguous? Does it make much difference? My textbook doesn't address this.

A:あ、危ない。機械を止めろ。リン君、どうしたんだ。
B:すみません、先輩。実は、頭がとても痛いんです。
A:じゃ、暫く休憩しろよ。
B:でも、未だ仕事が終わりませんから、もう少続けます
A:そんなに頑張らなくてもいいよ。仕事は後でいいから、ちょっと休めよ。
B:はい。
 

Toritoribe

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続く is non-volitional, so the potential form doesn't exist.;) 続ける is the transitive verb there.
 

xminus1

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Ah, very good. Thanks so much, Toritoribe-san 🙏
 
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