その

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Alternative spelling 其の

⟨so2 no2 → */sənə//sono/

From Old Japanese.

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Pronunciation[edit]

Adnominal[edit]

その (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 notes[edit]
  • 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 terms[edit]
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Interjection[edit]

その (sono

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Etymology 2[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of その – see the following entry.
2
[noun] an orchard, plantation
[noun] a garden, park (especially one with trees)
[noun] a place, location
[proper noun] a female given name
[proper noun] a surname
Alternative spelling
(This term, その, is an alternative spelling of the above term.
For a list of all kanji read as その, not just those used in Japanese terms, see Category:Japanese kanji read as その.)

References[edit]

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