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13 Dec 2018

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I heard that when Japanese speakers use the progressive form, they drop the い from the いる‘ (e.g., 食べている ⇒ 食べてる.) Does this work for when you conjugate the verb (い)る into other forms such as polite or is it exclusively done for the casual form? E.g., 食べてます or たべてない. Also, does this pattern holds up with -られる (the potential form of iru/eru verbs), for when you drop the ら?

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