Pronoun Course

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Marshall
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Pronoun Course

Lesson 1: This,That,Which one

In this lesson, I will teach you how to say “this”, “that” and “which one” in Japanese.


How to say “This,That,Which one” in Japanese?

PronounExplanation
これこれ means 【this】 → things close to the talker but far from the listener
それそれ means 【that】 → things close to the listener but far from the talker
あれあれ means 【that】 → things both far from the talker and the listener
どれどれ means 【which one】 → things that you are not sure

Examples:

これはなんですか。
What’s this?

それはわたしのくるまです。
That is my car.

あれはしょです。
That is a dictionary.

どれがきですか。
Which one do you like?

Note:

If you are talking to your superior, You can use こちら/そちら/あちら/どちら instead of これ/それ/あれ/どれ, they are more polite.

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9 thoughts on “Lesson 1: This,That,Which one

  1. what is こっち/そっち?

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      it’s the casual version of こちら、そちら

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  2. Could you please explain how this “それ means 【that】 → things close to the listener but far from the talker” works in this example:

    それは私の家です。- That is my house.

    Isn’t the listener is beside the talker in this situation when talker shows his house?

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      In this situation, the talker and listener met near from the talker’s house. And then the talker introduced his house to the listener.(the listener’s position is closer than the talker)

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  3. Hey Marshall ^_^
    Shouldn’t it be like : あれは私の家です? Because the house is far from both speaker and listener.

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      I changed the example!

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  4. I just realized that for things we use どれ、あれ、これ、それ。for people :あちら、どちら、こちら、そちら。

    これは私の辞書です
    これは私の辞書ではない
    それは彼の車です
    それは彼女の家ではない
    あれは大学生です

    私の辞書はここにではありません

    彼の車はここにありません
    彼女のお母さんはあそこにあります
    あそこは彼女の家ではない

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  5. hi marshal, is it right if i say like これはビールですか ?

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      correct!

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