A Japanese demonstrative prefix
indicating an object that is not close to the speaker, but not far away. It opposes kono
. These three words together express the concepts of "this
there". Compare with the French ce
, and celui-là
Because it is essentially a prefix, it must be followed eventually by a noun or some other nominal type. The corresponding demonstrative pronoun is sore, which is used by itself to mean "that".
Sono gakusei wa Amerika-jin desu ne.
That student is American, isn't he.
See also ko-so-a-do.