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    Thumbs Up ちゃった

    Help!
    Anyone would be as nice to explain what's the difference (or lack of) between forms like
    お腹すいた→お腹すいちゃった
    疲れた→疲れちゃった
    etc

    and the grammar point of making them (just change ta to chatta?)
    Didn't find it in my grammar book and so I'm just cluelessly alternating between either form xD Sankyu~


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    Re: The Japanese Study Thread

    ~ちゃった = ~しまった = ~しまう + past tense

    Should be able to find it in your grammar book now...but if not, basically, it's like saying "I'm hungry" and "I got hungry already" or something like that? Sorry, seriously don't know how to explain it... ._."

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    Re: The Japanese Study Thread

    ちゃう is a contraction of て+しまう. When attached to the Te form of a verb it it gives a sense of completeness and often has the connotation of regret, like if you were to say something that you regret, or were not suppose to tell a person. Or if you were to eat something that was for someone else.

    If you have a grammar dictionary you would have to look it up under しまう. It can also be contracted as じゃった when attached to De (死んじゃった←"He's dead."(and he ain't comin' back))

    In your examples, it's just there to express the extent of hunger/tiredness, perhaps without realizing it until then. You could translate it as, "I'm so hungry!" and "I'm totally exhausted." with or without exclamation marks!
    Last edited by ComradeLewis; October 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM.

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    Re: ちゃった

    ちゃった: してしまった

    お腹すいちゃった = お腹がすいてしまった
    疲れちゃった = 疲れてしまった
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    Re: ちゃった

    Also, ちゃった tends to also be used in cases where something beyond your control happens; 撃ちゃった would have a connotation of accidentally shooting, or of shooting without thinking and later regretting.

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    Re: ちゃった

    Quote Originally Posted by Aarowaim View Post
    Also, ちゃった tends to also be used in cases where something beyond your control happens; 撃ちゃった would have a connotation of accidentally shooting, or of shooting without thinking and later regretting.
    Examples for above:
    うっかり ~(し)ちゃった
    思わず ~(し)ちゃった

    不本意にも ~してしまった
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    Re: ちゃった

    Thank you everyone! I now have complete understanding and "feel" for it *_* I also found it in my grammar guide under しまう ^_^

    (Sorry for a late reply)


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