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N3 Lesson 4: 21/21

それぞれ
each, respectively

Structure
それぞれ + Phrase
それぞれ + + Noun
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Information
それぞれ is a 名詞(めいし) 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.
  • 皆(みんな)それぞれ食(た)べたいもの頼(たの)んでね。
    Everyone, please (each) order something you want to eat.
  • それぞれ別(べつ)行動(こうどう)した。
    We each did our own separate things. 人(ひと)それぞれ考(かんが)え方(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.
  • それぞれのチーム別(わか)れてから開始(かいし)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 其(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).
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それぞれ行(い)きたいところに行(い)きましょう。
Let's go to each of the places we want to go (respectively).
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生(い)き物(もの)それぞれ食(た)べるものが違(ちが)う
Living things each eat different things respectively.
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それぞれ好(す)き運動(うんどう)をした。
We each (respectively) did exercises that we like.
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