てくれる - Grammar Discussion

Do something for someone (usually you)

Structure

  • Verb[] + くれる

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Why is there blue? I’ve never seen that before.

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Its a link directed to a grammar point that has appeared before it’s lesson.
To help avoid confusion if you are following the Bunpro lessons order.

I believe its only a temporary fix, until new sentences are created or changed,
to only include grammar that has been introduced. ^_^!

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That’s… bizarre. Especially since I already know that grammar point.

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Ikr, it showed up for me before and after I got to that lesson. I guess it doesn’t
do a check to see if the user has completed said lesson and hide itself.

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This is what this one says, but I hear, 「私の友達はいつも相談(を)してくれる」
I don’t know what 聞い is or what it’s doing here, and I can’t click it for furigana. :frowning:

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@Aythreuk Hey! Thank you for letting us know about this! I have updated the sentence to use the correct verb in the hint. We will get new audio recorded for this sentence soon. Cheers!

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I have a couple of questions about the example sentences here…hopefully they’re not stupid ones!
In スーパーに行ったら、牛乳を買ってきてくれる? I can’t tell what きて is doing. Does it turn “buy some milk for me” into a sort of “buy-bring some some milk to me” hybrid?
And in サンタさん、何を持って来てくれたの? I’m not certain why the の is necessary. Is it because the sentence is grammatically something like “Santa-brought-me-thing (サンタさん…持って来てくれたの) is what (何を)” so without the の it would be something like “Santa brought me is what”?

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@CrisH

There’s no such thing!

Let’s focus on 来る for your first question. くる always describes something that is coming towards the speaker or who the speaker is talking about. Therefore, words like 買ってくる (buy and come) and 持ってくる (hold and come) describe things that are being bought and brought and things that are being held and brought respectively towards the speaker. Changing くる to the polite command form, “きて,” makes 牛乳を買ってきて mean “(go and) buy milk and come (back).” Add くれる to make it a request and you have 牛乳を買ってきてくれる, “would you (go and) buy milk and come (back for me)?”

の is just abbreviated のです. It makes the question more inquisitive as the speaker is expecting that the listener will provide an explanation or more details about what is being asked about.

Hope this helps. Cheers!

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Thanks for that - very helpful :slight_smile:
So, say if you were at work and called your partner to ask them to get milk for the household, presumably you wouldn’t use that then? But you might if you were at home and called them? Could you say 牛乳を買って帰ってくれるか。 Do you need a question marker for these requests? Although that does sound like an odd thing to specify, I’ll admit!

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@CrisH

That’s right! Since your partner is not coming towards you, but towards home.

This is OK. However, it is better to omit か or use the polite ますか at the end. Using か with the plain form (dictionary form) of the verb can sound a bit rude. Since you are talking with your partner (significant other), this would be acceptable, but still sound a bit rough/masculine. Cheers!

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Cool, thanks. I keep meaning to try and default to the polite forms!

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DBJG listed twice. Also, would it be possible to have these resources listed alphabetically?

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Hey :cowboy_hat_face::+1:

The double has been removed, and resources has been listed alphabetically!

Cheers!

I noticed there is also a third resource with no link (just a checkbox)