Grammar detail: そこで

そこで - so, therefore
My current mastery of this grammar:
LOG IN to view grammar mastery data
sentence X
sentence Y
X, therefore, Y
そこで is very similar to the more common それで, and the translation is the same - so, therefore, as a result etc. The key difference is that use of そこで implies that sentence Y is a positive or forward-looking step taken as a result of the situation described in sentence X, whereas それで just describes a natural or inevitable consequence.
Therefore, our firm has decided to use this as a stepping stone to launch a new project.
Source: Japan Times
Note that そこで appears much more commonly as the combination of そこ (there) and the particle で (location indicator) to describe something happening 'there'.
LOG IN to view flashcard data

Kanji used in this grammar

シャ    company   やしろ Shinto shrine   
Please LOG IN to view this kanji's mnemonic
シン   あたらしい    あら    にい- new   
Please LOG IN to view this kanji's mnemonic
キ    standard   
Please LOG IN to view this kanji's mnemonic
リツ   リュウ   た to stand   たてる to build   
ジョウ   ショウ   うえ above   うわ- above   あげる to raise   あがる to rise   かみ first half, upper part   のぼ to climb   のぼせる to bring up, to raise   のぼ to bring up   
Problem with this grammar? Question or comment? Please CONTACT US.
Change component list
By default the component builder shows the most common components (themselves joyo kanji, or used in at least 3 other joyo kanji). Select an alternative set of components below.

Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Help with the component builder
For detailed instructions, see the Component builder how to guide.
To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of.
For any components you recognize, if you know the English meaning or name, start typing it in the text area. Full details of all components and their English names can be found here.
Alternatively, count the strokes of the component, and scan the list to find it visually.
To find the kanji :
  • Notice that it is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫.
  • 氵 艹 口 all have three strokes, so you could look in the list in the 3 stroke section. 夫 has four strokes.
  • Alternatively, you could start typing 'water' (氵), 'grass' (艹), 'mouth' (口) or 'husband' (夫) in the search area, and the components will be highlighted in yellow.
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.