dore – どれ

どれ (“do-re”; “Which one”)

Today’s word is:

どれ(do-re)
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This word is used when the topic of conversation involves multiple items, but you don’t know which item is being referred to.

Once again- to the ramen conversation!:

A:「 これは辛いですか?」(“ko-re wa ka-ra-i de-su ka?”; “Is this spicy?”)

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B:「 はい、それは辛いです。」(“ha-i, so-re wa ka-ra-i de-su.”; “Yes, that is spicy”)

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A:「あれは?」(“a-re wa?”; “How about that ramen over there (away from both speaker and listener)?”)

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B:「どれ?」(“do-re?”; “Which one?”)

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Because A is asking about a bowl of ramen far away, and there may be multiple bowls of ramen at the surrounding tables, B cannot be sure which one A is talking about.

PRACTICE: Create a small dialog between two people using これ、それ、あれ、and どれ.