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Etymology 1Edit

Alternative spelling 其の

⟨so2 no2 → */sənə//sono/

From Old Japanese.

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その (rōmaji sono)

  1. (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. (anaphorically) the ... we are talking about.
  3. ...of it; its
Usage notesEdit
  • Sono 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 (ほん)はやすいですか。
    Sono hon wa yasui desu ka.
    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 (ほん)はやすいですか。
    Ano hon wa yasui desu ka.
    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.
Derived termsEdit
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その (rōmaji sono)

  1. This term needs a translation to English. Please help out and add a translation, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.

Etymology 2Edit

Readings of various kanji.



その (rōmaji sono)

  1. , : a garden, park; a plantation

Proper nounEdit

その (rōmaji Sono)

  1. : a surname


  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN