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N2 Lesson 10: 15/20

ていては
if one keeps doing something, when・if something is...

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Verb[て] + ては
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  • [if/ when + negative expectation/negative comment]
  • [AていてはB is used when the (hypothetical) outcome of continuing to do A is expected to be undesirable (B) or to negatively make a comment (B) about A]
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このまま毎日(まいにち)そんな風(ふう)にお金(かね)を使(つか)っていては、破産(はさん)してしまいます
If you keep spending money like this every day, you will go bankrupt.
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問題(もんだい)最後(さいご)まで避(さ)けていては何(なに)も成(な)し遂(と)げられないでしょ。
If you keep avoiding problems till the end, you won't be able to accomplish anything.
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理想(りそう)像(ぞう)の彼女(かのじょ)を追(お)い求(もと)めていては、決(けっ)して恋人(こいびと)と出会(であ)えない
If you keep chasing the idealized image of a girlfriend, you will never be able to find a lover.
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