それから (sorekara) Meaning Japanese [JLPT N5]

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Updated on 7 October 2022

それから (sorekara) Meaning Japanese [JLPT N5]

それから (sorekara) literally means hence, since.

それから translates as after that, and then, then with time value (like それで).

それから、(いえ)(かえ)りました。

And then I went home.

それから indicates the order or sequentiality of the actions. I first perform one action and then proceed with the others, up to the concluding one represented by the last verb.

それから stands for その (つぎ)

We find それ in many expressions that take on various nuances in use, including:

コンビニで()(もの)して、それから(いえ)(かえ)ります。

I shop at the convenience store and then go home.

(いえ)(かえ)ったら(りょう)()します。それからメールをチェックします。

As soon as I get home I cook and then I check my mails.

それから to say "in addition to"

それから also has the meaning of in addition of something.

ワイン。ああそれからビールも()って(くだ)さい。

Wine. Ah, buy beer too!

Sequence of actions with それから

それから indicates the order and sequence of actions and we can translate it with after, and after, after which, later,

I take action A, then action B.

(しょく)()して、それから()る。

I'll have lunch and then I'll go out.

宿(しゅく)(だい)をして、それからお(ふう)()(はい)った。

I did my homework and then took a bath.

(きっ)()(てん)でゆっくりと(はなし)して、それから(しょく)()をしに()きましょう。

Let's have a quiet chat at the bar and then go to lunch!

Lists with それから

In a list of options, それから indicates the element you want to add to those listed above.

コーヒーを(くだ)さい。それからクッキーも(くだ)さい。

A coffee please. And some cookies too, please.

今日(きょう)のパーティーには、かおり、ニコル、それからキムも()ます。

Kaori, Nicole and then Kim come to the party today.

ハサミ、いらなくなったダンボール、それからガムテープを()ってきてください。

Bring scissors, cardboard boxes you no longer need and duct tape.

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