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Akai Kurama

Postby hamsterfreak4evr » Tue 02.07.2006 5:38 pm

To say "is that a red car over there" im not sure. I have the "sono wa akai kuruma desu ka" part down, but im not sure if the wa is right or how to say "over there" please help!:p i want to be able to say

is that a red car over there? it's so cool! i want one just like it when i turn 16!

please dont use kanji or if you do also write it in hiragana plz! sorry for the trouble!;)
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RE: Akai Kurama

Postby mandolin » Tue 02.07.2006 6:08 pm

You want "sore wa" not "sono wa". Sono must directly modify a noun.

sono kuruma
sono enpitsu

The confusion is that english doesn't differentiate. The word "that" can be a pronoun by itself, and also an adjective (that pencil, that car).

EDIT:

If you're talking to someone who is near you, and the car is parked across the street, you'd also probably want to use "are" instead of "sore".

are wa akai kuruma desu ka = is that [over there] a red car?
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RE: Akai Kurama

Postby hamsterfreak4evr » Tue 02.07.2006 6:26 pm

oh thanks for the are tip! i had no idea!!!!!!!!
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RE: Akai Kurama

Postby mandolin » Tue 02.07.2006 8:07 pm

You've never heard of the ko-so-a-do words? I think it's very catchy, myself, and haven't been able to forget them since I first read of them

ko
so
a
do

kore - this (by me)
sore - that (by you)
are - that (over there)
do~ - what/which

kono kuruma - this car
sono kuruma - that car (that you're standing next to)
ano kuruma - that car (over there at the end of the road, across the street, etc)
dono kuruma - which car?

konna enpitsu - this TYPE of pencil
sonna enpitsu - that TYPE of pencil (like what you're holding)
anna enpitsu - that TYPE of pencil (that guy is using over there)
donna enpitsu - what TYPE of pencil?

kochira - I, me, in the direction of me
sochira - you, in the direction of you
achira - that, in that direction, over yonder
dochira - who?, which way?, toward what?

It's quite handy to remember kosoado. :)
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RE: Akai Kurama

Postby Pasokon » Sat 02.11.2006 7:30 pm

To answer your question, 'wa' was in the right spot. You just should have used Sore, not sono.
Sore wa kuruma
Sono kuruma

Pretty simple, just remember that if it ends in '-no-, then wa doesn't follow.
Anyway, if it makes it easier, try to think of the wa as a comma, ex:
This, a red car it it?
Sore wa akai kuruma desu ka?
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RE: Akai Kurama

Postby Infidel » Sun 02.12.2006 1:12 am

when he said, "that ____ over there" I thought ano/are not sono/sore
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