Construct Question (-てどうする)

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Construct Question (-てどうする)

Post by Banana » Tue 02.18.2014 12:44 am

Hello everyone!

I'm new here, and have recently come across a grammar construct that has given me some confusion. The construct in question is formed by adding "どうする" after the "て form" of a verb, as in ([動詞]てどうする). I know the "て form" links two verbs together, similar to an "and" between two verbs in English, as well as that "どう" means "what/how" and "する" is the dictionary form of the verb "to do," but I'm having trouble wrapping my head about what it all means together in English.

From what I can gather, I think it might express that the former action is futile or not worth one's time, though I may be horrendously wrong. If you have an explanation, an example sentence or two would be wonderful.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Construct Question (-てどうする)

Post by richvh » Tue 02.18.2014 11:07 am

Checking some entries in Eijiro on alc, it looks like you've got the general idea right.
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Re: Construct Question (-てどうする)

Post by Ongakuka » Fri 02.21.2014 8:10 am

I was about to respond with an example using that grammar, but that would have been really rude :P

It's casual speech that can be used to tease, chastise, criticize and sometimes mock another person.

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