"I borrowed a new book from the library and read it."


July 12, 2017



What does "て" do in this sentence?

March 1, 2018


"Te" puts "karite" in sequence with "yomimashita". Two basic rules for such sequences are 1) that they are always in order of occurrence and 2) the tense or state is found in the final verb in the series. (The borrowing happened before the reading and both actions are now completed.) This is not all there is to know about these series but it's probably enough for now.

July 19, 2018


Is there a reason that 新しい本を図書館から借りて、読みました doesn't work?

July 12, 2017


I think it has to do with the preference for keeping direct object and verb together. So if you'd replace を with は in your example it could work.

July 19, 2017


I think your sentence is also right.

December 15, 2017


I entered "図書館から新しい本を借りて読みました。" and got it wrong. Does using kanji cause problems with accepting answers?

October 18, 2017


I think duo hasn't "registered" all kanji yet, you know? All kanji that were already taught are accepted, and some of the most common ones. At least for now, probably they'll add more with time.

November 28, 2017


I did the same and it happened to me also (and I see that this is 6 months later...) I have started reporting this. (I am hoping that at least it will help the developers see which sentences need more kanji added to them so that the slightly more advanced learners can get their answers accepted...)

April 25, 2018

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    Can anyone please explain to me why is it "借りて読みました” in the end?

    December 19, 2017


    When you string multiple actions one after another you have to use this construct. We want to say "borrowed and read it". So we use "borrow" in it's て form and then "read" in its tense-appropriate (past in this example) form. So, if in future you will need to put multiple actions together, you need to use all of them-1 in て form, and the last one in a tense-appropriate form.

    March 23, 2018


    Good sentence.

    July 29, 2019
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