When do I have to use





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    This is actually a super-advanced question despite the way you make it look like. Each phrase has multiple different nuances depending on how it is said with regards to intonation, stress, etc.
    – user4032
    Jul 12, 2015 at 7:59

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When you have to use? Well, any time you want to, as long as you mean "is it?" or "is that so?" ;-)

So much for kidding.

Do you want to differentiate between the two? They mean the same thing, with the latter revealing a bit of surprise/scepticism/unexpectedness etc, depending on the context.

  • +10000: How about あそうですか and そうですか? Jul 12, 2015 at 3:21
  • If "そうですか?" stands for "is it?" or "is that so?", then "あそうですか" stands for "ah, is it?" or "ah, is that so?" Does this make sense?
    – eltonjohn
    Jul 12, 2015 at 4:20
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    I'm sorry to downvote, but both phrases can mean other things, such as 'I see'.
    – Angelos
    Jul 31, 2015 at 15:09

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