TE-FORM of a Verb + KARA (~て + から)
から (kara) can be attached to the te-form of a verb in Japanese, becoming ~てから (~te kara). This is similar to “after doing (verb)…”
Examples of TEKARA (てから)
shukudai o shite kara terebi o mimashita.
(After doing my homework, I watched TV.)
|shukudai o shite kara terebi o mimashita|
gohan o tabete kara ie ni kaerinasai.
(After eating, return home.)
|gohan o tabete kara ie ni kaerinasai|
The Difference between TE KARA (てから) and ATO DE (あとで)
TE KARA (てから) is used when the verb (action) is going to happen immediately after a prior action.
In the example above, the mother is expressing that one action will immediately follow another.
あとで (ATO DE) means that something will happen at some point after a prior action. あとで is used to emphasis that it happened after rather than before.
She didn’t actually say the last two words (“not before”), but it is implied with her use of あとで. I hope this helps you understand the difference. Please don’t ever worry about making mistakes – that’s how you learn! If you mix these up it’s not a big deal. 🙂
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