Japanese demonstrative pronoun corresponding to certain uses of the word "that" in English. Unlike its adjective counterpart sono, which describes a following noun, sore is used by itself. It opposes kore and are, which convey the other aspects of relative distance.

Sore wa nan desu ka.
What is that?

Sore is also part of several conjunctions, but all these have idiomatic meanings and are treated as completely separate words. See sorekara, soreni, sorenara, and soretomo for some examples.

See also ko-so-a-do.