その

JapaneseEdit

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

NounEdit

その (romaji sono)

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

Kanji readingEdit

その (romaji sono)

Kun-reading of:Edit

Last modified on 14 April 2014, at 16:12