Grammar Info
N3 Lesson 9: 11/22

立(た)て
freshly ~ed, just ~ed

Structure
Verb[ます+ たて
Verb[ます+ たて + + Noun
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Information
たて, coming from the verb 立(た)てる ‘to stand’ is a 接尾語(せつびご) (suffix) in Japanese that is often used after the 連用形(れんようけい) (conjunctive) form of verbs. たて conveys that something has ‘just been finished’, or is ‘freshly finished’.
As a suffix, たて transforms verbs into nouns. This means that they may be followed by a (B) phrase, or followed directly by the 格助詞(かくじょし) (case marking particle) の and a noun.
  • ここにあるは全部(ぜんぶ)揚(あ)げたてですよ。
    Everything here is freshly fried.
  • 釣(つ)りたてだから新鮮(しんせん)よ!
    It is just fished up, so it is fresh!
  • 私(わたし)は出来(でき)立(た)てパン食(た)べるのが大好(だいす)きです
    I like to eat freshly baked bread.
  • 生(う)まれたて赤(あか)ちゃんっておさるさんみたいじゃない? Don't newborn babies look like monkeys?
Fun Fact
たて is a suffix that is used to convey the moment in time directly after something has been finished, rather than the fact that it ‘is’ finished. Due to this, たて is most frequently used with verbs that indicate some sense of time based importance, where (A) will degrade in quality over time after completion.
  • 取(と)り立(た)て野菜(やさい)作(つく)るサラダは美味(おい)しい。
    Making salad with freshly picked vegetables is delicious.
  • この靴(くつ)は濡(ぬ)れたてだから、乾(かわ)かすのに少(すこ)し時間(じかん)かかると思(おも)う
    These shoes got freshly wet, so it will take some time to dry.
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釣(つ)りたて魚(さかな)食(た)べるのは最高(さいこう)!
Eating freshly caught fish is the best!
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このベンチはペンキ塗(ぬ)りたてのため、気(き)を付(つ)けてください。
This bench has been freshly painted, so please be careful.
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この魚(さかな)は焼(や)きたてです。
This fish has been freshly cooked.
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[AIAIJ] An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese
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