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What does っといても mean after a verb, I've seen it several times. I'm guessing it's a slang form or a shortened form? I know that ても means "even if" (roughly), and I've seen って a lot so wasn't sure if it's some slang form of that?

Sentence:

冬なら生の塩漬け肉を外にほっぽっといても

Thanks.

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Here's the breakdown:

  • ほっぽる: a colloquial godan verb that in this context means "to leave (alone)"
  • ほっぽって: the te-form of ほっぽる
  • ほっぽっておく: the te-form followed by the subsidiary verb おく, which means "to do something for the time being" here. See this question or this article.
  • ほっぽっとく: the contracted form of ほっぽっておく. See this answer.
  • ほっぽっといても: the temo-form of above, which adds the meaning of "even if" (-ておく/-とく conjugates like a godan verb)

So 外にほっぽっといても (or 外にほっぽっておいても) means "even if you leave (it) out in the open (for some time)".

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