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I hear って everywhere, and in the case of っていう I heard it was a shortening of という. But in the case of things like questions, where does って come from, and what exactly does it mean?

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It is a contraction on と, simple at that. It may be used with an omission (eg. くださいって=くださいといいました。)but I am afraid you just have to accept it as this and get on with getting familiar with when it is used.

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