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A-RE versus SO-RE

What is the difference between A-RE and SO-RE? They both mean "that one" but when do you use one instead of the other? Thank you.

May 28, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/DestinyCall

KOre - This one (close to the speaker)
SOre - That one (close to the listener)
Are - That one over there (far away from listener and speaker)

You might be interested in reading this article. It goes into much greater detail.

https://www.japanesewithanime.com/2016/10/kosoado-kotoba-pronouns.html?m=1

May 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SquirrelyShirley

Thank you.

May 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kincuri

The difference is to do with the distance.

If you are talking about something close you (as in, that is my cup) would use 'sore'. Example: "sore wa watashi no kappu desu"

If it is something further way (that is my car over there), you would use 'are'. Example: "are wa watashi no kuruma adesu"

May 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SquirrelyShirley

Thank you.

May 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Alex374440

'Are' can also be used for a thing in both the speaker and listener's minds. For example, both people are talking about a teacher but he or she isn't there, so you should use 'are' over 'kore' or 'ano' in this context.

がくせいA:たなかせんせいはやさしいですね。 がくせいB:そうですね。あのせんせいはいつもわらっています。

May 28, 2018
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