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e.g. 映画はただで見ました。 (I went to movie free of charge.)
is ただで the て form of the adjective ただ ??

if so, what is its function??
I have only learn that て form when used with adjectives can used to connect 2 adjective.

thanks for help~

For learning: Japanese
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    In this case, で is case particle for ただ which indicates the condition when you went to the movie. Ohter example....
    *映画はふたり(condition of two person)で見ました。
    *映画はショッピングモール(condition of mall)で見ました。
    *映画は最後(condition of last)に見ました。
    *映画は弟(condition of brother)が見ました。
    *映画は7時(condition of time)から見ました。
    As showing above, you have to distingush a proper case particle according to a word being put before case particle.

    ただで is not the て form of the adjective ただ. It can be thought as the same way as 'just' in English. However, by and large it is used to indicate that something is or can be done for 'free'. て and で are to completely different animals when it comes to their function in the Japanese language.

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