Grammar Info

N5 Lesson 1: 6/12

それ

That

Although uncommon, its kanji can be seen as 其れ

Structure

Demonstrative noun

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

其れ

About それ

Just like これ, それ is considered to be a pronoun in Japanese (more accurately it is a substitute noun). それ translates roughly to 'that' and highlights something that is closer to the listener (physically or emotionally) than the speaker.

In these sentences, we can see それ highlighting things that the speaker is identifying as being closer to the listener, or about the listener.

それ is also used to point back to things that have been mentioned previously in the conversation. This can be something that was said earlier within the same sentence, or something that someone else said.

Examples

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    それです

    It's that.

    それエアコンです

    That is also an air conditioner.

    それ(ほん)です

    That is a book.

    それ(ほん)です

    That is also a book.

    それ(みず)です

    That is water.

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