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Grammar detail: verb て form + おく

verb て form + おく - put in place
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verb in the て form
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おく (to put)
indicates the idea of putting something in place, either figuratively or literally.
For example:
  • しておく do, take care of
  • ひみつ
    秘密
    にしておく keep (something) secret
  • かんが
    えておいてください please think about it
かのじょ
彼女
いつも
へや
部屋
きれい
She always keeps her room clean.
Note: ておく is sometimes contracted to とく. It may also be encountered in the kanji form, て置く, but this is not customary.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ヒ   secret   ひめる to keep secret   
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ミツ    secret   
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コウ   かんがえる to think about, consider   
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チ   お to put   
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