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そろそろ~

Usage:

そろそろ + Verb
 
Meaning:
It’s time to do something.

Example:

そろそろきましょうか。
It’s time to go.

Voice:

そろそろ失礼しつれいいたします。
It’s time to leave.

Voice:

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5 thoughts on “そろそろ~

  1. すみません イソさん,
    Can I ask, your examples for below

    そろそろいきましょうか。

    It‘s time to go. ( Would this いきましょう か be a question asking do you want to go together? Or Would this sentence means It’s time to go together?

    そろそろ失礼(しつれい)いたします。

    It‘s time to leave. ( Would 失礼 be excuse me, just for my understanding, I thought the above would mean It’s time to leave, please excuse me? ) Please correct me if I’m wrong as I’m still learning.

    ありがとう
    リーナ

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      For the first question, you want to go to the park with Tom at 10 o’clock, and now it is nine thirty, so it is time to go right? So you say そろそろいきましょうか。 to Tom to remind Tom that it is time to go to the park. So that he can go with you together.
      For the second question, in Japanese, 失礼する has two meanings, one is “excuse me”, and the other is to leave. For example, you went to someone’s house, and now it is too late, so you want to go home, you can say to him or her そろそろ失礼(しつれい)いたします, so that he or she knows that you want to leave (usually it means that you want to go home).

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  2. そろそろ失礼いたします。

    What does the いた mean here?

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    1. It’s from いたす, the humble form of する.

      When talking about yourself, humbly, use いたします instead of します.

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      Correct!

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