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Point of interest: たられば

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たられば - what if ... ?
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This article is based on the essay on 湾 in the Joy o' Kanji essay collection.
たられば is a neat expression which combines two conditional ('if') inflections to make a single word. たら is from the たら conditional form, and れば is from the ば conditional form. For example, the たら form of the verb する (to do) is したら, and the ば form is すれば - both mean 'if I do'.
The word たられば puts the names of these forms together to make a kind of 'portmanteau' word which is used in the same way as the expression 'What if ...' is in English, eg to refer to whimsical thinking or activities.
たられば
にほん
日本
せんそう
戦争
もし
しんじゅわんこうげき
真珠湾攻撃
なかったら title of book, album etc.
A “What If” Take on Japan’s Military History: If the Pearl Harbor Attack Hadn’t Happened

Kanji used in this point of interest

ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
ホン   book   もと origin   
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セン   いくさ battle, war   たたか to do battle   
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ソウ   あらそ to contend, to compete, to contest; to argue, to dispute   
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シ    history   
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シン   truth   ま exactly; deep   
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シュ    pearl   
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ワン    gulf   
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コウ   attack   せめる to launch an attack   
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ゲキ   う to trounce, to beat   
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