I only know the 2 meanings of it as follow:

  1. Use when thinking - no meaning
  2. Use to agree with others - the meaning is like "yes, I think so"

What else and what situation can it be used?

If someone ask me "これはあなたの財布ですか?”, Can I answer 「そうですね」? Is it strange? or Is it better to answer without 「ね」?

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    It is better without ね. With ね, it does not sound like an answer about your own thing. But I wonder why. Commented Nov 7, 2011 at 15:36
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    そうですね is an answer to きょうはいい天気ですね ("Today is nice, isn't it?"), and expresses agreeing with opinions/feelings of others. そうです is answer to これはあなたの財布ですか ("Is this your wallet?").
    – Amadan
    Commented Nov 7, 2011 at 20:16

2 Answers 2


In your example:


そうですね doesn't work.

The ね at the end gives a feeling of asking for a confirmation (As in yes, right?)

At the beginning of a sentence ね is used to get someone's attention or (if followed by an interrogation mark) to ask for confirmation.

Just use そうです instead.


そうですね can also be if you are thinking about the response or even if you are disagreeing with a statement.


It is used by a listener to acknowledge something you said, but not necessarily agree with it. Like, 'I get that you think that, but I completely disagree.'

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