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More -Kakeru Examples

忘れかける (wasurekakeru: to almost forget)

The verb suffix -かける (-kakeru) means “to start to do something” or “to get halfway into something.” To form such a word, simply attach -かける to the -masu stem of a verb.

The word 忘れかける literally means “to start to forget.” One can easily extend that to mean “to almost forget.” In other words, this word puts us on the borderline (!) between memory and forgetfulness.

Here are other -かける examples. Some came from a friend, and some came from Naoko Chino’s excellent book Japanese Verbs at a Glance:

Sono mushi wa mō shinikakete iru.
The bug is starting to die.
The bug is almost dead.

(mushi: insect)
(shi(nu): to die)

Yomikakete iru hon.
A book I’m still reading.

(yo(mu): to read)
(hon: book)

Kinō wa tsukarete ite, hon o yomikaketa mama nemutte shimatta.
I was so tired yesterday, I fell asleep while reading a book.

昨日 (kinō: yesterday)     yesterday + day
(tsuka(reru): to get tired)
(hon: book)
(yo(mu): to read)
(nemu(ru): to fall asleep)

Tegami o kakikaketa n desu ga, mada kaite imasen.
I started writing the letter, but I haven’t finished yet.

手紙 (tegami: letter)     hand + paper
(ka(ku): to write)

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