The following excerpt is from a scene from Sword Art Online, where Kirito and Asuna are discussing whether or not the killer they are pursuing is a ghost or not. Asuna seems to think it is, but Kirito is unconvinced (because the killer had used a teleporting crystal). Kirito says:


I'm going to take a guess that the なん (a more emphatic version of なの?) is providing the secondary information for his explanation (the "ghost" used a teleport crystal), and the て is the quotative particle (usually って but て because it's following ん?). Or is て loosely connecting the first clause with the second clause?

I could understand what he was saying in this sentence, but I really don't understand the grammar here or how it is operating structurally :( I would really like to know!

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    Did you check a dictionary for なんて? Jisho entry – Leebo Jan 31 at 7:20
  • Thanks for that, but is なんて really expressing disdain/dislike in this instance? – Luke McAloon Jan 31 at 7:35
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    I wouldn't say "disdain/dislike" in this case, but it also lists "astonishment, etc" in the entry. Basically, it means "some strong feeling" is associated with what precedes it, not necessarily disdain or dislike. – Leebo Jan 31 at 8:13

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