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What does it mean when you put しまったorしまいましたat the end of a sentence in Japanese?
For example, in a recent journal entry, I wrote 忘れた, and it was corrected to be 忘れてしまった.
What is the difference between the two statements, and why was the first wrong? Thanks in advance^^

For learning: Japanese
Base language: English
Category: Language


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    The first one is not "wrong" per se. In all languages, even when there are perfectly grammatical alternatives, there may be a preferred way to say something.

    忘れたis a simple past tense that has a neutral connotation. By adding てしまった or ーちゃった in colloquial Japanese, you are adding a sense of "regret" to the fact that you forgot something. The person who corrected your journal entry probably thought it sounded more natural for you to express regret that you forgot something.


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