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これ。それ。 あれ

Griffith
Asked 6 years ago

I have a question about these..

 

When I looked up ” I lost it ”- it came out to : watashi wa sore o ushinatta  -  私はそれおうしなった

I also looked up ” found it ”- it came out to : sore o mitsuketa - それお見つけた

 

So my question is:

 

Sore それ was used to say "it's my ____" if someone else is holding it! (which was taught in the lesson about this)


So how does this work when you lost something or found it? It's not necessarly in someone elses hands?

So why does それ work in these circumstances?

 

Thanks

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No,それ doesn't always mean something in someone's hands.  In the lesson, it is explained as following,

"This and that, or これ and それ, are based on your point of view. If it is close to you when you(speaker) speak, use これ. If it is close to the person you are talking to(listener), use それ."

 

But the situation you're asking about is a little different.  You and your listener both are not looking at the object, but you both are thinking about it.  それ can be used to talk about something that your listener has in his/her mind, too.  The phrase you mentioned looks like a part of a conversation between you and somebody else.  It looks like the person asked you about something you've lost.  Like this,

ぼうしがないね。どうしたの?(You don't have your hat on.  What happened?)

Then you answer,

私は、それをうしなった。("それをなくした" would be more natural. BTW, you need to use the particle を (not お) in this case.)

In this situation, you know that "the thing=hat" is in the person's mind, so you can use それ even though the person doesn't have it in his hands.

The second sentence can be used in the following situation.  A few days after you said that you lost your hat, you saw the person again.  Then, the person asks you,

ぼうしは、みつかった?(Did you find your hat?)

Then you can use それ to answer this question because you know that the hat is in the person's mind.

うん、私はそれをみつけた。(Yes, I found it.)

Hope this helps!

Masako
Answered 6 years ago

Interesting thanks

Griffith
Commented 6 years ago