I have seen a few sentences or exclamations that end a sentence with 「っ」. Specifically, I read the example below:


The following sentence is listed below (However I'm not sure it is a "new sentence"):


Is the 「っ」necessary at the end of this sentence? Does it have any meaning? The only instance where I am familiar with the use of 「っ」is to indicate a pause when pronouncing something. However, since 「・・・」signifies a pause (I think), and an exclamation follows after the 「っ」, what does this actually mean? Does 「・・・っ」 indicate that the last vowel is carried on for sometime, and then abruptly stops?

Would it be any different if the sentence looked like the following?


  • Are you sure that's the end of the sentence and is not followed by anything?
    – user458
    Jun 14, 2012 at 18:09
  • @Sawa: Well I thought so, I didn't think about the conventions of using an exclamation point in Japanese. In English it always marks the end of the sentence.
    – Chris
    Jun 14, 2012 at 18:13
  • Possible duplicate of japanese.stackexchange.com/q/1457/78
    – istrasci
    Jun 14, 2012 at 19:11
  • @istrasci: Possibly, but I'd like to know about 「・・・っ!」.
    – Chris
    Jun 14, 2012 at 19:51

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The sokuon is also used at the end of a sentence, to indicate a glottal stop (a sharp or cut-off articulation), which may indicate angry or surprised speech.

The equivalent Japanese article also suggests it may be used when a person can't speak, as from a blocked throat or extreme pain.

Often, in manga, it is used effectively as an alternative to an exclamation point (e.g., わかってるよッ そんなのッ), or in addition to one as well.

Aside from these uses at the end of a sentence, the sokuon may also be used for stuttering (e.g., たっ大したもんだ).

In your example, I think the sokuon plus "!" is slightly different than if it was just "!", but I'm not sure what that intended distinction is (if any)...

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