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N3 Lesson 4: 21/21


Each, Respectively


それぞれ + Phrase
それぞれ + + Noun


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About それぞれ

それぞれ is a noun in Japanese that is used similarly to 'each' in English. Like other nouns that can be used adverbially (ほとんど, 沢山(たくさん), and かなり for example), それぞれ regularly comes before a whole sentence, or before a specific noun preceded by の.
  • (みんな)それぞれ()たいもの(たの)んでね。
    Everyone, please (each) order something you want to eat.
  • それぞれ(べつ)行動(こうどう)した。
    We each did our own separate things.
  • (ひと)それぞれ(かんが)(かた)があるから、しょうがないよ。
    Each person has different ways of thinking, so there is nothing we can do.
  • それぞれのチーム(わか)てから開始(かいし)てください
    Please start once you have divided yourselves into each separate team.
Fun Fact
それぞれ comes from the same kanji as (それ), the word used to highlight 'that' (close to the listener) in Japanese. Due to this, the literal meaning of それぞれ is 'that and that' (interpreted simply as 'everyone', or 'each).




    Let's go to each of the places we want to go (respectively).


    Living things each eat different things respectively.


    We each (respectively) did exercises that we like.


    We decided that we will each (respectively) go our separate ways from now on.


    Each (respective) person has a habit.

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それぞれ – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (5 in total)

  • matt_in_mito


    I actually thought so too until I read this, so I checked with a Japanese friend and she said it doesn’t look quite right, but you can say 癖は人それぞれです, which would also be natural.

  • Ambo100


    I also thought it sounded strange but it does appear to be used quite naturally in Japanese as shown in these examples.

    It also has its own definition at

    to each his own; people differ; different people (have different likes)

  • dokidokiwakuwaku


    Would anyone happen to know the difference in usage between this point and べつべつ? Thank you!

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