[verb stem]+続(つづ)ける

[verb stem]+続(つづ)ける

a. 父(ちち)は50年間(ねんかん)このラジオを聞(き)き__
a. ついた b. つけた c. つづいた d. つづけた

The intended meaning is “My father kept listening to this radio for 50 years” and for that, we need to use d. つづけた.

[verb stem]+続(つづ)ける means “to continue ~ing,” or “to keep on ~ing.”

This can be used for both continuous actions/conditions without a break and repeated actions/conditions with breaks.

More examples of this pattern:

つかれて いたが あるき つづけた。
Although I was tired, I kept walking.

ははは ひとばんじゅう いのり つづけた。
My mother kept praying all night.

セサミストリートを みつづけている。
I keep on watching Sesame Street.

おとなに なっても まんがを よみつづけている。
I’m still reading manga comics even in my adulthood.

かんがえ つづけた けっか、オーストラリアに ひっこす ことに した。
As a result of long thinking, I have decided to move to Australia.

あの かしゅは ごじゅうねん うたい つづけている。
That singer has been singing for 50 years.

ちちは にゅういんしても にっきを かき つづけた。
My father kept writing his diary even after being admitted to a hospital.

きのうは きおんが あがり つづけた。
The temperature kept soaring yesterday.

きょうは かぜが ふきつづけている。
It has been windy today.

Although the last 2 examples above are about weather, when we talk about continuous rain or snow, we usually use 続(つづ)く instead of 続(つづ)ける

あめが ふりつづいている。
It has been raining.

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    ~とおす | EasyJapaneseE
    12 November 2021 at 8:01 am

    […] adds the meaning of “continuously” and/or “to the end.” It is similar to ~つづける but ~通とおす is usually used for an willful action and somewhat implies “without […]

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