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2.2.5. What is the tamae verb ending?

The tamae verb ending attaches to the i-form of the verb, the ren'youkei (see 2.2.3. What is the `i' verb ending?) to form an imperative:

kangaetamae (考えたまえ)
"Think about it"
It may be written in kanji as 給え but, like most other grammatical auxiliaries, it is usually written in kana in modern Japanese. It originates from the verb tamau (給う), "grant", "bestow".

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