Grammar Info
N3 Lesson 1: 20/23

そうすると
having done that..., if that is done..., (and/just) then, thereupon, if so

Structure
Phrase (A)。 そうすると + (Result) Phrase
Details
Register Standard
使用域 一般
Information
そうすると, a combination of 然(そ)う (an adverb meaning ‘like that’, or ‘as such’) する and the 接続助詞(せつぞくじょし) と, expresses that ‘once (A) was done, (B)’, or ‘upon (A), (B)’. そうすると is usually used at the beginning of a new sentence, to highlight something that occurred due to the circumstances mentioned in the previous sentence/statement.
As a stand-alone statement, そうすると is classified as a 接続詞(せつぞくし) (conjunction).
  • もう少(すこ)し遅(おそ)く走(はし)ってみそうすると、もっと長(なが)い距離(きょり)走(はし)れるよ。
    Try to run a little slower. Once you do that, you will be able to run a longer distance.
  • 食(た)べる前(まえ)に軽(かる)く炙(あぶ)ってくださいそうすると、もっと美味(おい)しく食(た)べれます。
    Please roast before eating. Having done that, it will taste even more delicious.
Caution
The ‘result’ that そうすると conveys, should always be one of two specific things. Something that the speaker has no control over, or a conclusion/determination that the speaker wants to confirm is correct (based on their understanding of the previous statement).
  • この餌(えさ)使(つか)ってみそうすると、もっと大(おお)きい魚(さかな)釣(つ)れるよ。
    Try using this bait. If you do so, you'll be able to catch a bigger fish. (Whether a fish bites or not cannot be controlled)
  • 1993年(ねん)生(う)まれなんですか?そうすると、29歳(さい)と言(い)う事(こと)ですね。
    You were born in 1993? So that means that you are 29, right?
When そうすると is used to draw a conclusion about another person’s statement, the translation is closer to ‘so you mean to say (A)’, or ‘if so, then (A)’.
Fun Fact
Although 然(そ)う has a kanji form, this particular word will almost always be written in hiragana. This is true for many different expressions that use そう, not just そうすると.
Slow Male
Hide All
Hide Japanese
Hide English
もう少(すこ)し音量(おんりょう)を上(あ)げて。そうするみんな聞(き)こえるから。
Raise the volume up just a little more. If that is done, then everyone can hear.
Play  
この道(みち)右(みぎ)に曲(ま)がってください。そうする案内板(あんないばん)がありますから。
Please turn right at this street. Having done that, you will see a street map.
Play  
この時刻(じこく)には家(いえ)を出(で)てください。そうする間(ま)に合(あ)いますから。
Please leave the house at this time. If that is done you will be on time.
Play  
Books

No page info for そうすると