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N5 Lesson 7: 13/13


Things like ~ and ~


Verb[た] + (Verb[た]) + する
Verb[た] + [する]Verb(した) + する


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About たり~たりする

In Japanese, たり is a 'conjunction particle' that is used in exactly the same way as . However, instead of having the nuance of 'then', or 'and', it has the nuance of 'and things like'. Basically, it is used for listing sequences of events that do not happen in a specific order.

The last たり in any sequence will almost always be followed by する (or した for past tense).

From these examples we can see that たり will sometimes be said as だり. This happens with the same verbs that usually use だ for past tense (like ()んだ), or for the form ( like (およ)いで). This will not change the meaning at all, and is only to help make the words easier to say.

To summarize, the difference between form, and たり is as follows.

Events in order - I did (A) , (B) , (C) , (D) た.

Events in no specific order - I did (D) たり, (B) たり, (A) たり, (C) たりした.

たり is frequently used when there is only one verb in the sentence. This just means that the speaker did 'things like (A)', without specifically listing anything else.


In cases where a する verb is the last verb in a particular sequence, たり will often be omitted.

  • 勉強(べんきょう)たり、おやつ()たり掃除(そうじ)します。
    I do things like study, eat snacks, and also clean. (In no specific order)



  • (いえ)ゲームたり()たりした

    At home, I did things like play video games and eat.

    • 音楽(おんがく)()たり(ほん)()だりしました

      I did things like listen to music and read books.

      • 掃除(そうじ)たり洗濯(せんたく)たりした

        I did things like cleaning and doing the laundry.

        • (あめ)()たり()だりする

          It keeps doing things like raining and stopping, doesn't it.

          • 今日(きょう)勉強(べんきょう)たり練習(れんしゅう)たりする

            Today I will do things like study and practice.

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            たり~たりする – Grammar Discussion

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            • EdBunpro


              Are you asking why it’s 降ったりinstead of 降たり?

            • Superpnut


              No I actually just forgot that the stuff in [ x x x ] tells you what you’re supposed to use for the answer. I feel very silly right now. But uhh…ya. My fault guys

            • EdBunpro


              Asking these things is how you learn and push your brain more and more, ask all the ‘dumb’ questions you want!

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