Last modified on 12 December 2014, at 22:27

その

JapaneseEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdnominalEdit

その (romaji sono)

  1. 其の: (deictically) that ... near you (near the addressee)
     (わたし) ()みたい (ほん)は、その (ほん)です。
    watashi ga yomitai hon wa, sono hon desu.
    What I want to read is that book.
  2. 其の: (anaphorically) the ... we are talking about.
  3. 其の: of it. its.
See alsoEdit
Usage notesEdit
  • その is anaphorically used to refer to things and experiences that either the speaker or the listener knows about, but not both. Compare the two following sentences,
    その本はやすいですか?
    Is that book (which we are talking about) cheap? (anaphorically)
    Is that book (I'm pointing to/near you/of yours) cheap? (deictically)
    あの本はやすいですか?
    Is the book (which we both know) cheap? (anaphorically)
    Is that book (over there, which you and I can see) cheap? (deictically)
  • The hiragana spelling (その) is preferred to the kanji spelling (其の), which is rarely used.

Related termsEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

その (romaji sono)

  1. : garden; park; plantation
  2. : garden

Proper nounEdit

その (romaji Sono)

  1. : A surname.

Kanji readingEdit

その (romaji sono)

Kun-reading of:Edit