Talk:その

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"sono" and "ano" are not synonyms. "sono" means near the listener, "ano" means neither the speaker nor the listener.

"sono" and "sore" are not synonyms. They have different grammatical functions. "sono" must be followed by a noun: "sono hon wa nan desu ka?"

(in English we might call this an adjective or a determiner)

"sore" cannot be followed by a noun: "sore wa nan desu ka?"

(in English we might call this a pronoun)

I'd prefer to include the parts-of-speech used by Japanese grammarians as well. — Hippietrail 05:19, 4 Jul 2004 (UTC)