I've got a question regarding the use of the structure ~たって which I've just recently stumbled across.

From what I know so far, this is used in the form Verb(neg) + たって, for example:


In its use, it is similar to ~ても:

現金なくても、カードで支払える。("Even if you don't have cash, you can pay by card")

My question is: As the structure ~ても can be used also with an adjective preceding it, can you also use Adjective+たって?

For example:


Can you say:


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Yes, you can. Negative verb and adjective behave in the same manner conjugation-wise, so you can form it with adjective in analogy of ~なくたって. Your example is correct.

Grammatically you can create ~たって from:

  • verbs (positive), na-adjectives & copula: ta-form + って

    食べたって, 行ったって, 死んだって, 勉強したって, きれいだったって, 子供だったって

  • i-adjectives, negative verbs/adjectives (nai-form): adverb form (stem + く) + たって

    良くたって, 悪くたって, 行かなくたって, きれいじゃなくたって, 子供じゃなくたって

Theoretically you can also make ~たって with polite endings, but they aren't much heard (except for some, e.g. そんなこと言いましたって) since ~たって itself is a quite casual expression.

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