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This has just come up in my textbook, but not too sure what the meaning is.

「~」と言ってたら~

I can see that it is a 'te' conjugation of 言う, but then followed by the conditional 'tara'. I've not before seen such a 'double conjugation' and my grammar dictionary is as useless as ever!

Is it simply the same as 言ったら, or is it slightly different?

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    Are you familiar with ~ている? It can be shortened to ~てる. – Aeon Akechi May 7 '16 at 13:33
  • てたら in action. In this case, the たら would most likely carry the nuance of "when" (準{じゅん}備{び}してたら爆{ばく}発{はつ}した = After 準備, then 爆発した) rather than "if". – rhyaeris May 7 '16 at 18:39
  • @rhyaeris I think "while preparing" is better than "after preparing" because してたら is progressive. Or does the word "after" mean "progressive"? – Yuuichi Tam May 7 '16 at 19:14
  • @YuuichiTam Nope, it doesn't. "While", then. :) – rhyaeris May 8 '16 at 1:46
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言ってたら=言っていたら — Dropping the い from いる in continuous forms is extremely common in spoken Japanese. 話している→話してる 来ています→来てます 報告していました→報告してました などなどなど

そんなこと言ってたら怒られるぜ。"If you go around saying things like that/talking like that, you're going to get in trouble."

It's the conditional form of the continuous form of 言う using いる.

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In addition to Marc Adler's explanation:

~と言ってたら is used as subjunctive past perfect. For example:

あの[時]{とき}、あなたが好きと言ってたら、[今頃]{いまごろ}私たちは[結婚]{けっこん}していただろう。
-- If I had said "I love you" at that time, we would be married now.


言ったら means "if I said(say)" or "I said ~ and then".

For example:

もし私がアメリカに行きたいと言ったら、あなたは[反対]{はんたい}する?
-- If I said(say) "I want to go to the U.S", would(will) you oppose?

and

私がアメリカに行きたいと言ったら、彼は[怒]{おこ}った。
-- I said "I want to go to the U.S", and then he got angry.

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