って

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contracted from (tote), itself a compound of quotative particle (to) and conjunctive particle (te).[1][2]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Can be used with a rising intonation to indicate a question.[3]

Particle[edit]

って (tte

  1. he/she/I/they/we said: a type of verbal quotation mark used for direct and indirect quotes, also similar to that when used as a coordinating conjunction
    すぐ()ますって
    Sugu kimasu tte.
    He said (that) he'd come soon.
    (かあ)さんに()いたら、だめだって
    Okāsan ni kiitara, dame da tte.
    When I asked my mom, she said no.
  2. used to emphasize a word
    アラビア()って(むずか)しくない?
    Arabiago tte, muzukashikunai?
    Arabic, you say? Isn't that difficult?
    これって(なん)()(まえ)
    Kore tte nante namae?
    What is this called?

Usage notes[edit]

The particle is often contracted to (te) after an (n) sound:[3]

(かれ)()かん()うんだよ。
Kare ga ikan te iu n da yo.
She says (that) he's not coming!

See also[edit]

Interjection[edit]

って (tte

  1. Used to draw attention to something objectionable in a discussion.
    (だま)れ。ってなんでお(まえ)がここに!
    Damare. Tte nande omae ga koko ni!
    Shut up. And why are you even here!

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  2. ^ 1995, 大辞泉 (Daijisen) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan, →ISBN
  3. 3.0 3.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan