Mnemonic Device:

  • KoSoADo

Explanation: for the use of demonstrative words. Many words fit this pattern in Japanese: KORE, SORE, ARE, DORE, for example, or KOKO, SOKO, ASOKO, DOKO. “Ko” is near the speaker, “So” is near the listener, “A” or “Aso” is somewhere else, and “Do” is a question.

  • Ko is near me
  • So is near you
  • A is anywhere
  • Do is where?

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