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That over there あれ・あの

Oni's picture
This and that. Now we are on the THAT OVER THERE part.  So this THAT refers to objects not near the listener or the speaker.

あれ are - when "that" is not connected to a noun

あれ は 何 です か?
are wa nan desu ka?
What is that over there?

あれ は ねこ です。
are wa neko desu.
That over there is a cat.

And now recognize A's mean That over there    


あの ano - When you put "that" before a noun, it changes to ano

あの ねこ は ポチ です か?
ano neko wa pochi desu ka?
Is that cat over there, Pochi?.

いいえ。 あの くじら は ポチ です。
iie ano kujira wa pochi desu.
No. That whale over there is Pochi.

Again they ALL are used in the same way.

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Can't "Ano" also be used as "Um"? (I wanted to ask this in the lesson about "Eeto", but I can't post comments in it.)

I've heard people use "Ano" like that before.

clay's picture

Thanks for the comment!

Thanks for the comment! That is a different "ano" and is often pronounced longer like あのう. It is most often used as a polite way to get people's attention before speaking.

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