Grammar Info

N5 Lesson 1: 5/12

これ

This

Although uncommon, its kanji can be seen as 此れ

Structure

Demonstrative noun

Details

  • Part of Speech

    Noun

  • Word Type

    Pronoun

  • Register

    Standard

  • 品詞

    名詞

  • 単語の種類

    代名詞

  • 使用域

    一般

Rare Kanji

此れ

About これ

これ is often thought to be equal to 'this' in English, which is basically correct. これ will always be used to highlight something that is close to the speaker either emotionally, or physically.

Despite being translated as a 'pronoun' in English, it might be easier to think of これ as a substitute noun (the literal meaning in Japanese), as this is always its function. これ substitutes for something that has its own name, but is not required in the context of the sentence.

Examples

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    これペンです

    This is a pen.

    これ(ほん)です

    This is a book.

    これ寿司(すし)です

    This is sushi.

    これ寿司(すし)です

    This is also sushi.

    これ(うみ)です

    This is the sea.

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これ – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (2 in total)

  • paberu

    paberu

    I know that this isn’t the correct answer to the sentence “this is the sea” but is the following also a kind of valid translation (since the thing the sentence is talking about is a place):

    ここは海です

  • Pep95

    Pep95

    I think if you were actually standing at/in the sea then yes. But the sentence これは海です is a bit broader, where it could also fit in a scenario where you are pointing at a picture or something.

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