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              もらっちゃった  
Alright! My girlfriend made a lunchbox for me.
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         もらえます   
Can you notify me after 3 minutes?
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おじいちゃん     もらった  だー  
Grandpa bought it for me!
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          もらいました  
My friends showed me around Tokyo.
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あなた  宿       もらいたかった  
I wanted you to help me with my homework.
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       もらいます  
I am leaving (allowing myself to leave) at four.
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        もらう    した  
I made an appointment to have the doctor see me at four o'clock.

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Construction
(Elements in parentheses are optional.)
ANoun (receiver)
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BNoun (giver)
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CVerb: て-form
もらう
Basic Examples:
けてもらった ((they) cleaned up for me)

Related Expressions
てあげる
ていただく
てくれる
もらう
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User notes
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(12 years ago)
In the basic sense of "someone else does [an action] for me or someone in my circle," 「てもらう」 is essentially the same as 「てくれる」.

But oftentimes, 「てもらう」 implies simply that the speaker is personally requesting the action, even though he or she is not the beneficiary of it. The person who benefits from the action may be the person performing it, or someone else entirely. This is different from 「てくれる」, where the person who benefits from the action is always the speaker or someone close to the speaker.

In these situations, 「てもらう」 can take on the English meaning of "get someone to [action] or "have someone do [action]":

テストをけてもらう。 -- We'll have you take a test.  
(the person who will benefit is most likely the test taker)

いつめてもらえますか? -- When can I get you to start?
(the speaker, the listener, or a third party could be the beneficiary of the "starting")
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Discussion about this grammar
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DarkAkira0
Level: 1
Hello, tell me please what does mean ってもらうぜ in the following sentence? 「もっとも・・・・・・そんなになっちまったは、なんざがないだろう。いが[b]ってもらうぜ[/b]」 Thank you very much for help!
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11 years ago
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fareastfurfaro
Level: 1
Seems to me kind of like "Let me handle it." for whatever the situation is. Not a very polite way to say it but it works. The いが makes it a bit more friendly as he's kind of apologizing for taking over the situation.
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