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〜ては [〜て は] (teha)
    Meaning: Vte, (te-form verb + contrastative ha wa)
    Example: Don't die! (Lit: Your dying would be terrible)
    JLPT Level: 2
    Category: grammar
    Author: Amatuka

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ex #855   死んじゃ、ダメ! 
Don't die! (Lit: your dying would be terrible)  
ex #856   落としてはまずい。 
Dropping (this) would be unwise.  
ex #8605   じゃ、また来週! 
Well (Let's stop here), see you next week!  

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  • shimau    (Note different meaning, but similar slang/short forms of てしまう to ては.) [Amatuka]
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AmatukaNote this form shortens in a similar way to てしまう。
AmatukaFormed from te-form verb + ha (wa)

Vte = te-form verb
anonThe first sentence is the same as 死んではいけない/ならい:
You must not die!
anonI'm sorry, but what is the exact usage of this phrasing?  
yookosoI read somewhere that the te form is considered a noun. I find that a useful thing to keep in mind in cases like this ては... 
ljfurlongI guess this just means "doing (this) would be..."

The two examples given (だめ、まずい)are negative. Can this be used positively?

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