is one of the 18 助動詞（じょどうし） (auxiliary verbs) in Japanese, and can be used in the same way as な-Adjectives
(may be followed by な when acting as an adjective, or に when acting as an adverb). This is a unique characteristic of そうだ
. It is not something that can be done with all auxiliary verbs. As with そうだ
carry the meaning of ‘seeming like (A)’, or ‘looking like (A)’.
Earlier, it seemed like senpai was going to get angry.
He is working like he is busy.
She does all her work like it is easy, so I am very jealous of her.
I don't go to parties that seem like they would be boring.
may also be used when attached to the い-Adjective
, ない. In this case, there is a unique conjugation rule which you will need to be careful of. As always, い will be removed from ない before attaching そう
. However, さ will need to be inserted between な, and そう
. This results in the construction なさそう.
Wow! You eat it like it’s not spicy.
You can throw away anything that does not look important.
Note that this addition of さ does not happen with verbs. This is due to the ない that is used with negative verbs being an auxiliary verb, and not an い-Adjective
. With the auxiliary verb ない, simply remove the い, before adding そう
directly to the stem.
He does not look like he gets angry alot, but actually he is always angry.
He is eating his food like it does not taste good.