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A is spoken by/heard from someone/something else
  1. A is spoken by/heard from someone/something else
  2. It looks A; it seems like A
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    レッド ソックス      そう   
Did you hear? (I heard) The Red Sox won yesterday!
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     そう です  
I heard that it's going to rain tomorrow.
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この パソコン  使     そう です   
I heard that this computer is hard to use.
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          そう です  
I heard that the train is running late.

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AVerb: Casual
 
ANoun
 
Aい-adjective
 
Aな-adjective: (without な)
 
 
そう
Basic Examples:
ちたそう ((I heard) he fell)

そう ((I heard) it's impossible)

そう ((I heard) it's delicious)

やかそう ((I heard) it's lively)

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It looks A; it seems like A
  1. A is spoken by/heard from someone/something else
  2. It looks A; it seems like A
どう おいし そう  
The grapes look delicious!
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      そう だから           
It looks like it will rain outside, so take an umbrella.
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う~ん  この レストラン   そう だから   レストラン       
Hmm.. This restaurant seems expensive, so lets go to another place?
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あの ケーキ  すごく おいし そう  ので         
That cake looks really delicious! I want to try eating it!
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    そう です   
Looks like it'll snow.
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この     そう  から          
This food looks spicy so I'll pass.
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カナダ    よりも ずっと  そう です  
Looks like Canada is much, much colder than Japan.

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AVerb: Stem
そう
だ/な/に
Basic Examples:
そう (it looks like it'll rain)

Aい-adjective
-い
そう
だ/な/に
Basic Examples:
そう (it looks old)

Aな-adjective
-な
そう
だ/な/に
Basic Examples:
そう (it looks fresh)

ANoun
なさ
そう
だ/だった
(Negative-form)
Basic Examples:
ではなさそう (it seems like he's not a doctor)

Notes
This is based on what the subject senses (sees, feels).

With nouns, it can only be used in the negative form (present or past tense).
な, に, and だ
The three particles/modifies that follow そう are chosen based on what follows:
Basic Examples
そうな+Noun: おいしそうなケーキ (A delicious looking cake)
そうに+Verb: かれはそうにえる (He looks energetic)
そうだ。(end of sentence/clause) そのケーキはおいしそうだ (The cake looks delicious.)
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キバタン
Level: 1
(13 years ago)
It's important to distinguish this from the other そうだ meaning A is spoken by/heard from someone/something else. Note that that そうだ often has a だ before it, unlike this one.
This そうだ is only used when the speaker has some visual or other sensory information that leads them to make the statement.
るそうだ。 I heard that it's going to rain. (off the weather report etc.)
りそうだ。 It looks like it's going to rain. (looking out the window at black clouds)
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Discussion about this grammar
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Years Studied: ~5
Studying: Intermediate Japanese
Level: 5, : 72
Can you combine this with 'mitai'? Like:
しそうなみたいです。
Or is that too redundant?
0
11 years ago
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Level: 158, : 7,620
It sounds redundant to me, but I do not have a grammar rule popping up in my head that explicitly forbids it.
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11 years ago
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Years Studied: ~5
Studying: Intermediate Japanese
Level: 5, : 72
okay, thank you. I'll probably avoid using it like that for now though ^^
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11 years ago
Years Studied: 1 1/4
Studying: JLPT N2, : JLPT N4~N3
Level: 12, : 3
Hello guys. I watched an Anime and now I am thinking about the grammar of a sentence. Anime: Bakemonogatari EP 2, Minute 16~ "そうとしたら..." = "as he tried to rape me..." In this sentence, I am not sure about, if this grammar is correct or just casual speaking. Is there a rule, which says, that a verb can fuse together with "そうだ". :o "すそうとしたら" sounds really bad, so I am thinking about a rule. You got an idea? PS: sorry for my bad english, I am not a native speaker. :P
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8 years ago
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Level: 158, : 7,620
This will help! https://www.renshuu.org/grammar/87/ If you're not in beta renshuu, that link might not work. If it doesn't, try searching ようとする in the grammar dictionary.
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8 years ago
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Years Studied: Too many
Studying: Random things
Level: 990, : 703
The construction example for うまい is bound to the wrong dictionary entries (it shows the kanji as そう).
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4 years ago (Edited 4 years ago.)
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Level: 158, : 7,620
Fixed, thanks!
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4 years ago



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