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Grammar detail: 〜がち

〜がち - apt to do; lots of
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がち is a useful suffix which can be used in two main ways.
verb stem
+
がち
means
apt to do, prone to do, liable to do
.
かのじょ
彼女
がっこう
学校
おく
れがち

She tends to be late for school.
noun
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がち
is used to emphasize some quality of the noun. In this usage the English translation would be 'a lot of', 'very', 'much', 'often' etc.
かのじょ
彼女
けっきん
欠勤
がち
という
りゆう
理由
くび
なった
She was fired on the grounds that she was often absent.
A third and less common use is 〜がちに, typically in the forms 伏し目がちに (with lowered eyes), 遠慮がちに (diffidently). Here the meaning is 'as if ~' - in other words, it suggests the manner in which someone is behaving.
はなよめ
花嫁
ふしめ
伏目
がち
まんざ
満座
ちゅうもく
注目
ながら
にゅうじょう
入場
した

The bride came into the room with lowered eyes and with everyone staring at her.
かれ
えんりょ
遠慮
がち
ドア
うし
っていた

He stood hesitantly behind the door.
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Kanji used in this grammar

フク   ふ to prostrate onself   ふせる lay (face) down   
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ボク   モク   eye   ま-    め    
エン   オン   far away   とお far   
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リョ    consideration   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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ジョ   ニョ   ニョウ   woman; female   おんな woman   め woman   
ガク   まな to learn   
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コウ    exam   
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チ   おそ late   おくれる to be late   おくらす to make late   
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ケツ   か to lack   かける to be lacking   
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キン   ゴン   つとめる to work   つとまる to be fit for   
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リ    logic   
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ユ   ユウ   ユイ   よし reason   
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シュ   くび neck; head   
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カ   はな flower   
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カ   marry into   とつ to marry (into, off)   よめ bride   
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マン   full   みちる to become full   みたす to fill, fulfill   
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ザ   すわ to sit   
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チュウ   そそ to pour   
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ヨク   あびる to shower, to bask in   あびせる to pour on   
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ニュウ   い to enter   はい to enter   いれる to put in   
ジョウ   ば place   
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ゴ   コウ   のち    あと afterwards   うし behind   おくれる be late   
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リツ   リュウ   た to stand   たてる to build   
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