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N5 Lesson 7: 6/13

~てから done, Once...happens, After doing


Verb[て]+ から


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About てから

In order to specifically express that one thing happens/begins to happen after another thing, てから will be used. This expression is regularly translated as 'once (A) happens, (B)', or 'after doing (A), (B)'.

The difference between てから, and the regular て form followed by another verb, is that てから puts more emphasis on the (A) action 'enabling' the (B) action.


から can come after almost any form of verb. てから is the only form that translates as 'after (A), (B)'. たから, and るから will translate closer to 'because', or 'since'.

  • 今夜(こんや)勉強(べんきょう)するから(あそ)ばない
    I won't hang out tonight, because I will be studying.
  • 牛丼(ぎゅうどん)大盛(おおもり)()から、お(なか)いっぱい。
    I am full because I ate a large serving of gyudon. (After having eaten a large serving of gyudon)
  • (ばん)(はん)()てから(あら)(もの)する
    After I eat, I will do the dishes.




    Once I study Japanese, I will go to Japan.


    After going to Japan, I will study Japanese.


    Once I've read this book, I will return it.


    After becoming free, I want to take a nice, long trip.


    Once it snows, I will go skiing.

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てから – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (12 in total)

  • Camsy


    I keep getting this point mixed up with Verb[て] + B. So frustrating putting in an answer and getting the snarky “Can you add something to the end of this?”.

  • Fvfelipe


    Question about this sentence:

    Why is it 涼すずしくなって… and not 涼すずしくって…? In other words, why is there a な in this i-adjective?

  • nekoyama


    涼しくなる → to become 涼しい

    This grammar point doesn’t really work with adjectives since it expresses a chronological sequence. But with なる it works.

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