ってば

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

In modern Japanese, an emphasis of てば (teba), itself a contraction of 言えば (to ieba), from quotative particle (to) and the conditional conjugation 言えば (ieba) of verb 言う (iu, to say).[1][2]

Literally means, “if that's what [someone] says / said”. Also used idiomatically to mean something along the lines of, “if that's what [I / you / someone] said, then [that's what I really mean / why won't you agree with me]”.

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

ってば (rōmaji tteba)

  1. Sentence-final particle used to emphasize a point and express irritation.
    だからいらないってば
    Da kara iranai tteba!
    I'm telling you, I don't want it!!

References[edit]

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