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Kanji in this term
そう
Grade: 4
kun’yomi

EtymologyEdit

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PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

(そう) (de sou

  1. (archaic, obsolete) to be: the copula. Polite form of である (de aru).

Usage notesEdit

This is a defective verb with no conjugation; de sō was used as a set expression.

See alsoEdit