Grammar Info

N5 Lesson 2: 11/12

そこ

There, That place

Although not common, 其処 kanji use can be seen

Structure

Demonstrative

Place near the listener, Previously mentioned place

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

其処

About そこ

そこ is one of the forms of the それ family of words used to identify things close to the listener. In this case it demonstrates a place. Just like それ represents 'that', そこ represents 'that place', or simply 'there'.

In the same way that それ can be used to point back to something that was mentioned previously, そこ can be used to point back to a place that was mentioned previously.

Caution

そこ should not be confused with そっち, a similar word which is also sometimes translated as 'there'. そっち focuses more on the direction that one is/is going, while そこ focuses purely on 'that place'.

  • そっちです
    It is there. (Focus on the direction)
  • そこ()
    Put it there. (Focus on the place)

Examples

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    そこいい

    That place is good.

    そこパソコン。

    That PC there.

    たぶん、そこ

    Maybe, there.

    そこレストラン美味(おい)です

    The restaurant that is there is delicious.

    ここそこ(あか)

    It is bright here and there too.

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そこ – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (2 in total)

  • deltacat3

    deltacat3

    Very pedantic question, but is there any change in nuance when using そこ instead of その in this example sentence?

    その
    そこのレストランは美味しいです。
    That restaurant is delicious.

  • Pushindawood

    Pushindawood

    @deltacat3 そこ + の emphasizes the “place.” Think “that’s the place that is good.” rather than just “that restaurant is good.” That being said, even though Bunpro calls for the そこの answer, “そのレストラン” is more commonly heard in daily conversations. Cheers!

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