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


  • IPA(key): [t̚te̞]
    Can be used with a rising intonation to indicate a question.[3]


って (rōmaji 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 notesEdit

The particle is often contracted to after an 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 alsoEdit


  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