Grammar JLPT N4: V-ていく V-te iku

February 27, 2023

The addition of the verb いく ‘iku’ after a verb in ~て form indicates a process of change, and more importantly, that the action is changing in a direction away from the speaker, from now on into the future.


● to do something and go

● continue to do

● to occur gradually

● to be changing (in some pace)


V-て いく・いきます・いった・いきました

V-te iku / ikimasu / itta / ikimashita


● to do something and go


Ashita no paatii ni wain o motte ikimasu.

I will bring wine (and go) to the party tomorrow.

● continue to do something


Kore kara mo ganbatte ikitai desu.

I want to continue doing my best from now on.

● to occur gradually


Ano machi wa ookiku natte ikimasu.

That town gets bigger.

● to be changing (in some pace)


Seikatsu wa dondon benri ni natte iru.

Our lives will keep getting more convenient.

Related Expression: V-てくる V-te kuru

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