Grammar Info

N3 Lesson 1: 19/22

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

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About そうすると

そうすると, a combination of ()う (an adverb meaning 'like that', or 'as such') する and the conjunction particle 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 conjunction.
  • もう(すこ)(おそ)(はし)てみそうすると、もっと(なが)距離(きょり)(はし)れるよ。
    Try to run a little slower. Once you do that, you will be able to run a longer distance.
  • ()べる(まえ)(かる)(あぶ)てくださいそうすると、もっと美味(おい)しく()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(えさ)使(つか)てみそうすると、もっと(おお)きい(さかな)()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(ねん)()まれなんですか?そうすると、29(さい)()(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 ()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.

Examples

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  • もう(すこ)音量(おんりょう)()げて。そうするみんな()こえるから。

    Raise the volume up just a little more. If that is done, then everyone can hear.

    • この(みち)(みぎ)()がってください。そうする案内板(あんないばん)ありますから。

      Please turn right at this street. Having done that, you will see a street map.

      • この時刻(じこく)には(いえ)()てください。そうする()()いますから。

        Please leave the house at this time. If that is done you will be on time.

        • ちょっと(みぎ)()ってくれる?そうするみんな()れるから。

          Could you move a little to the right? Having done that, everyone will be able to see.

          • (あたら)しい機械(きかい)導入(どうにゅう)するんですね。そうする(ぼく)仕事(しごと)はなくなるということですか?

            The new machines are being introduced, huh? If that happens, does it mean that I will lose my job?

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            そうすると – Grammar Discussion

            Most Recent Replies (9 in total)

            • Daru

              Daru

              I think it IS a bit weird when you go about that sentence that way, but, try to look at it from this angle:

              If we group the sentence’s meaning like this:
              [素直で正直に][生きるようにして。]
              It certainly feels very weird.

              But, what’s actually happening is:
              [素直で][正直に生きるように][して。]
              (Frankly… / Honestly… / Please…) (So that you lead an honest life) (Do it)

              By putting it all together, we get the final translation:
              “Please, try to live honestly.”

              And, to give a more concise answer for this, で is just a conjunctive here. It’s connecting the sentence rather than t...

            • CrisH

              CrisH

              Thanks - so the で here isn’t that they’re also asking them to be 素直, but it’s more like an instrumental marker, like “With sincerity (from me), try to live honestly”, is that right?

            • Daru

              Daru

              It’s the same basic particle meaning, so yeah!

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