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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 ~から (~te kara).  This is similar to “after doing (verb)…”

 

Examples of TEKARA (てから)

  しゅくだいからテレビみました
shukudai o shite kara terebi o mimashita.
(After doing my homework, I watched TV.)
shukudai o shite kara terebi o mimashita  
  ごはんたべからいえにかえりなさい
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.

 

Child: Mother:
いま ケーキ たべたい うちにかえってからたべましょう
ima keeki tabetai uchi ni kaette kara tabemashou
I want to eat the cake now Let’s eat it as soon as we get back home!

ima keeki tabetai

uchi ni kaette kara tabemashou

 

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.

 

Mother:
うちにかえったあとでたべましょう
uchi ni kaetta ato de tabemashou
Let’s eat it after we get back home, not before!
uchi ni kaetta ato de tabemashou

 

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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