I am practicing for N4, the question prompt is this: prompt

I am confused why 3 is the correct answer for the following question:question

My understanding is as follows:

  1. Yamada-san's convenience is "evil" it seems. (??)
  2. I think it's inconvenient for Yamada-san.
  3. Yamada-san said it's inconvenient.
  4. It's probably inconvenient for Yamada-san.
  • 1
    You didn't tell us what you think the main sentence means just on its own. Also, why did "evil" suddenly come into play on sentence 1, but then it seemed like you understood つごうがわるい everywhere else.
    – Leebo
    Jul 17, 2018 at 0:04
  • 3
    Don't confuse 悪いそう and 悪そう.
    – Angelos
    Jul 17, 2018 at 0:51
  • I thought that he would have chosen 1 if he had confused those.
    – Leebo
    Jul 17, 2018 at 1:05

1 Answer 1


そう has two different meanings:

そう after a 終止形 ("sentence-ending" form) is a hearsay marker, and is translated as "I've heard ...", "(He/She) said ..." or "People say ...". Here, 終止形 includes:

  1. dictionary form of a verb

    来るそうです。 I heard he will come.

  2. dictionary form of an i-adjective

    おいしいそうです。 I heard it's delicious.

  3. だ (after a noun or a na-adjective)

    学生だそうです。 I heard she's a student.
    簡単だそうです。 I heard it's easy.

  4. some auxiliaries that can end a sentence

    食べられるそうです。 I heard it's edible.
    彼が書いたそうです。 I heard he wrote it.
    彼がやらせるそうです。 I heard he would make her do it.

So the original sentence means the same thing as Option 3.

Please do not confuse this そう with そう meaning "to seem", "to look" or "to be about to ~"

来そうです。 Looks like he's coming.
おいしそうです。 Looks delicious.
簡単そうです。 It seems easy.
食べられそうです。 This seems to be edible.


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