てくる - Grammar Discussion

to come to・to become
to continue・starting to・has/have(had) been -ing

Structure

  • Verb[ ] + くる

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What is も doing in this example sentence?

あの女性は年取って、綺麗なってきている。
That woman is coming to be prettier even as she ages.

I don’t think I have seen it attached to the て-form before,
only with verb[る]+まで(も), as seen in まで(も).

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It’s a later grammar point (N4L8)

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Ah crap another one! Though this one seems simple enough.
Thanks for the rescue again s1212z! :D。

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In the sentence: お弁当を もってきて ください。
Why is it てくる and not ていく? How would the meaning of the sentence change if I would use ていくinstead?

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Hey :smiley:

お弁当を もってきて ください
お弁当を もっていって ください
are both correct, and which should you use depends on what do you want to say. The first means to “bring” (to come with something towards the speaker), while the second one means “take” (to go with something from the speaker).

It all comes to the difference between くる and いく:
くる expresses movement towards the point of refence, and いく expresses movement from the point of reference.

It can be either movement in space or in time.
The point of reference is usually the speaker, or now (unless specified).

I hope it helps!
Cheers!

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