I'm reading a children's book (no kanji) and the sentence is:

いどうはんばいしゃは、 みんなが だいすきな たべものを うってるよ。

From the context, I figure it means:

The mobile catering guy everyones favourite food selling

(I'm not good at particles) My question is: What is the form うってる?

I assume that よ is the emphasis-particle and the word is 売る - "to sell", because context, but I do not get the conjugation. I checked here, but the closest form I could find is "utte iru".

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売{う}ってる is an informal contracted form of 売ってる.

In the 〜ている construction, いる is a special type of verb called a "subsidiary verb" (or 補助動詞 in Japanese), a verb which serves a grammatical purpose rather than having its literal meaning, and this type of verb very often contracts with 〜て.


売ってる is a contraction of 売っている. The い in ~ている verb endings is often dropped in casual speech.

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