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From Noir, Episode 2 (anime).

I don't get what the って is doing in this sentence. For context, the father came home early from work. He quickly answers his wife in the first sentence then in the second sentence is asking his son this:


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You know I didn't even know there was a verb for to want. I thought you had to use Xが欲しいです。 to express that. Hence, my confusion. You learn something new everyday. – dotnetN00b Jun 7 '12 at 3:58
guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar/clause, section "Using relative verb clauses as adjectives" explains it nicely. – herby Jun 7 '12 at 14:37
@herby This is, IMO, different. It's an i-adjective that's been made into a verb (by dropping i and adding garu). Because I didn't realize that I couldn't tell what was going on. – dotnetN00b Jun 7 '12 at 14:47
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It is the ~て form of ほしがる which means "to want".

ほしがってたゲーム → The game that I'd been wanting

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Wow. I didn't even know there was such a thing in Japanese. – dotnetN00b Jun 7 '12 at 4:01

hosigar-te i-ta (gemination)→ hosigatteita (contraction)→ hosigatteta
want-gerund progressive-past

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