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Grammar detail: verb polite te (まして) form

verb polite te (まして) form
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The まして or polite te form of a verb is made by adding まして to the verb stem. It is used in the same way as the normal te form in very polite language.
This form often makes an appearance in set expressions such as (how do you do) and (a very polite form of
くだ
さい):
はじめまして useful
Nice to meet you.
ほんじつ
本日
らいてんくだ
来店下
さいまして
ありがとうございます
Thank you for visiting our store today.
Note that 下さいまして is a little irregular (it is not 下さりまして).
However, it can be used as a polite equivalent to the te form of any verb. For example, here we see につきまして instead of the more usual について:
しちがつ
7月
22
にち
てがみ
手紙
つきまして
わたしども
私共
さいしん
最新
もくろく
目録
どうふう
同封
します

With regard to your letter of July 22nd, I enclose our most recent catalogue.
This form is not to be confused with the standalone word まして (to say nothing of).
As with the plain te form, the polite te form is often used in Japanese to leave a sentence 'hanging' (rather than 'closing' the sentence with a present or past tense verb).
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Kanji used in this grammar

ショ   はつ    うい-    はじ beginning   -ぞ first doing of   
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カ   ゲ   した below, under   しも bottom part   もと under (influence)   さげる to lower, to reduce   さがる to be lowered   くだ to descend   くだ to judge   くださる to give   おろす to drop off (passenger)   おりる to get off (train)   
ホン   book   もと origin   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
ライ   く to come   きた to be forthcoming   きた to induce   
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テン   みせ shop   
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ガツ   ゲツ   つき month; moon   
フ   つける to put in place, affix   つ to adhere to   
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シュ   hand   て    た-    
シ   かみ paper   
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シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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キョウ   とも together   
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サイ   もっと most   
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シン   あたらしい    あら    にい- new   
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ボク   モク   eye   ま-    め    
ロク    record   
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ドウ   おな same   
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フウ   ホウ    seal   
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