JLPT N4 Grammar (sou da [2])

Meaning

looks like; appears like; seeming~

How to use

Verb ます (stem form)そう
そうだ
そうです
な-adjective
い-adjective +
sou da そうだ そうだ jlpt n4 grammar meaning 文法 例文 japanese flashcards 2

Learn Japanese grammar: (sou da). Meaning: it looks like / appears like; seeming~.

This lesson will focus on meaning 2:

When used with a verb, it means that “it seems like this is about to happen”.

The だ is not necessary, and can be used without it:

  • そう
  • そうだ / そうだった
  • そうです / そうでした

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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

いまにも、あめがふりそうだ。
imanimo, ame ga furi sou da.
It seems like it's gonna start raining any moment.
Example #2

そのひとはたおれそうです。
sono hito wa taore sou desu.
That person looks like they're about to fall over.
Example #3

そろそろあめがやみそうなので、もうすこしまちましょう。
sorosoro ame ga yamisou nano de, mou sukoshi machimashou.
It seems like the rain is going to stop soon, so let's wait a little bit more.
Example #4

どうしたの?ねむそうだね。
doushita no? nemu sou dane.
What's wrong. You look pretty sleepy..
Example #5

わぁ、おいしそうなりょうりがたくさんありますね。
waa, oishi sou na ryouri ga takusan arimasu ne.
Wow, there's a lot of really good looking food here!
Example #6

かのじょがりょうりをつくってくれたが、みためがわるくてまずそうだ。
kanojo ga ryouri o tukutte kureta ga, mitame ga warukute mazu sou da.
My girlfriend cooked some food for me, but the appearance was really bad and looked very unappetizing.
Example #7

かのじょとわかれたとき、かのじょがすごくなきそうでした。
kanojo to wakareta toki, kanojo ga sugoku naki sou deshita.
When I broke up with my girlfriend, she looked like she was about to cry.
Example #8

かれはうれしそうなひょうじょうできょうしつにはいってきた。
kare wa ureshi sou na hyoujou de kyoushitsu ni haitte kita.
He entered the classroom with a happy looking expression.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
今にもいまにもany moment now
雨が降るあめがふるto rain
倒れるたおれるto fall
雨がやむあめがやむrain stops
もう少しもうすこしa little more
待つまつto wait
ひまfree; bored
美味しいおいしいdelicious
料理りょうりfood
彼女かのじょgirlfriend
嬉しいうれしいhappy
表情ひょうじょうexpression
教室きょうしつclassroom
作るつくるto make
見た目みためappearance
悪いわるいbad; not good
まずいbad tasting
別れるわかれるto break up
泣くなくto cry

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