Grammar Info
N4 Lesson 9: 10/15

続(つづ)ける
to continue

Structure
Casual
Formal
Verb[ます+ 続ける
Verb[ます+ 続けます
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Information
By attaching the verb 続(つづ)ける ‘to continue’ to the 連用形(れんようけい) (ます stem) form of another verb, we will be able to express that ‘(A) is continuing’. Let’s have a look at a few examples of this structure.
  • サリー暗(くら)くなるまで走(はし)り続(つづ)ける
    Sally will continue to run until it gets dark.
  • 私(わたし)漢字(かんじ)覚(おぼ)えまで、同(おな)じ漢字(かんじ)書(か)き続(つづ)ける
    I will continue to write the same kanji until I memorize it.
Caution
There is a difference in nuance between connecting one verb to another verb through the 連用形(れんようけい) form, or through the use of the 接続助詞(せつぞくじょし) . The former implies that ‘(A) is being done in the way of (B)’, while the latter implies that ‘(A) is being done, and then (B)’.
  • 日本語(にほんご)難(むずか)しけど、勉強(べんきょう)頑張(がんば)っ続(つづ)ける
    Japanese is difficult, but I will give it my best and continue with study. (Emphasis on the continuation of studying)
  • 日本語(にほんふご)難(むずか)しいけど、勉強(べんきょう)頑張(がんば)り続(つづ)ける
    Japanese is difficult, but I will continue giving it my best with study. (Emphasis on the continuation of giving it one’s best)
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テレビ見(み)つづけるつもりです
Do you plan to continue to watch TV?
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文法(ぶんぽう)間違(まちが)え直(なお)し続(つづ)けたらどう
Why don't you try to continue to fix your grammar mistakes?
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あの警察官(けいさつかん)一時間(いちじかん)以上(いじょう)見回(みまわ)り続(つづ)けた
That police officer continued to patrol around for over one hour.
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