The term そして (
soshite) is a conjunction in Japanese which means
In this post we learn more about the meaning of そして, how it is formed, and when そして is used through real example sentences.
How そして is formed
The conjunction そして is usually added at the beginning of the second sentence which connects to what was said in the previous sentence to add information:
To eat. And then to sleep.
そして originates from そうして, but in modern Japanese そうして is different because it can also be used as an adverb (
that way), as opposed to そして.
How and when to use そして
In general we can say that そして has 2 main uses:
- Indicate a time sequence of events (
- Enumerate a list of actions or qualities
This movie is boring. And it's also too long.
In this first example we see そして used to connect two sentences about the characteristics of the
film (映画). In this context, そして translates as
Today I went to Tokyo. And then I met my friends.
In this second example instead we see how そして is used to list a sequence of events or actions:
- I went to Tokyo first (行った)
- Then I met my friends (会った)
Real examples of そして
Let's see below an example of そして taken from the title of an article online:
In this example そして is used purely as a conjunction to mean
In the morning a puzzle, darts, snack break, jokes, ballet and chess.
In this song (自由への扉
to the door of freedom, from the movie Rapunzel ラプンツェル) are listed a series of activities done in the
morning (昼間). Before the last activity we note the use of そして. Here too そして is translated as
Example sentences with そして
The color of this dress is nice, plus it's cheap.
My son is intelligent. What's more, he also has intense ambition.
The textbook is difficult. That's why I can't remember the kanji.