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Grammar detail: verb て form + は

verb て form + は - alternately
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verb A て form
+
+
phrase B
means
alternately doing A and then B
あたら
しい
こと
はじ
めて
すぐ
めて
かえ

Constantly starting something new and stopping, starting and stopping ...
It can also mean
whenever A, then B
しず
んでいく
かのじょ
彼女
なくなった
しんゆう
親友
こと
おも
した

Whenever she watched the setting sun, she'd think of her friend who had passed away.
In very casual speech, ては may be shortened to ちゃ.
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Kanji used in this grammar

シン   あたらしい    あら    にい- new   
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シ   はじめる to begin, to start (something)   はじまる to begin, to commence   
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ジ   やめる quit   
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to wind, reel, spin   
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ヘン   かえ to return, to come back   かえ to return (something)   
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チン   しず to sink   しずめる to make sink   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
ケン   み to see   みえる to be seen; to appear   みせる to show   
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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   
シン   おや parent   したしい close, intimate   したしむ to befriend, grow close to   
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ユウ   とも friend   
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シ   おも to think   
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シュツ   スイ   だ to take out, to put out   で to go out, to exit   
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