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〜そうだ/そうです

Usage 1:

①Dictionary Form of Verb + そうだ/そうです
②イ-Adjective + そうだ/そうです
②ナ-Adjective + だ + そうだ/そうです


Meaning of Usage 1:

In Usage 1, 「〜そうだ/そうです」means “It’s said that…”, “I hear that…”.

Examples of Usage 1:

えいならっているそうですね。
I hear you are taking English lessons.

あめそうです
I hear that it’s going to rain.

このパソコンはとてもいいそうです
It’s said that this computer is very good.

このテストは簡単かんたんそうです
It’s said that this test is easy.

かれギターじょうそうです
I hear he is good at guitar.

とうきょうでは、タクシーの運転手うんてんしゅでもみちまようことがよくあるそうです
I hear that even taxi drivers often get lost in Tokyo.

Usage 2:

①Polite Form of Verb (delete the ます in the end)+ そうだ/そうです
②イ-Adjective(delete the い in the end) + そうだ/そうです
③ナ-Adjective + そうだ/そうです


Meaning of Usage 2:

In Usage 2, 「〜そうだ/そうです」means “looks like…”, “feel like…”, “seems…”, “looks…”.

Examples of Usage 2:

わたしつかれてそうです
I’m too tired that I feel like dying.

すぐがりそうです
It looks like it is going to clear up soon.

このほんむずかそうです
It seems that this book is hard.

かれほんくわそうです
He seems well acquainted with the history of Japan.

この問題もんだい簡単かんたんそうです
It seems that this question is easy.

かれのおばあさんはげんそうです
His grandmother looks healthy.

Note:

Below are the exceptions.

いい→よさそうだ
ない→なさそうだ

Example sentences:

きみあんはよさそうだね。
Your idea sounds like a good one.

トムは興味がなさそうだった
Tom didn’t seem interested.
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