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Grammar detail: そう

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JLPT:
そう - seems that, looks like
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verb stem
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そう
means
seems to be about to ~
 
For example:
かれ
こんなに
おそ
じこく
時刻
そう
ない
They are hardly likely to come at this late hour.
そろそろ
えいが
映画
始まりそうです
It looks like the movie's about to start.
 
い adjective minus the い
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そう
means
looks ~
For example:
わたし
かれ
とても
かしこ
そう
おも
われた

It appeared to me that he was very intelligent.
When used with a negative form, the い is replaced with さ to form 〜さそう. So for example, ない (not) ➜ なさそう (seems not), 行かない (not going) ➜ 行かなさそう (seems to be not going), 来ない (not coming) ➜ 来なさそう (seems to be not coming) etc.
かのじょ
彼女
かんしん
関心
なさそう
ようす
様子
だった
She didn't seem interested.
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Kanji used in this grammar

コウ   ギョウ   アン   ゆ    い to go   おこな to take place   
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ライ   く to come   きた to be forthcoming   きた to induce   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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チ   おそ late   おくれる to be late   おくらす to make late   
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ジ   とき time, occasion   
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コク   chisel; time   きざ to chisel, engrave   
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エイ   はえる to shine   うつ to be reflected   うつ to reflect, project   
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ガ   カク   draw
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シ   はじめる to begin, to start (something)   はじまる to begin, to commence   
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シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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ケン   かしこ wise   
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シ   おも to think   
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ジョ   ニョ   ニョウ   woman; female   おんな woman   め woman   
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カン   せき barrier   かかわる to be connected   
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シン   こころ heart   
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ヨウ   さま Mr / Mrs   
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シ   ス   こ child   
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