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よう・そう・らしい・聞いた [よう・そう・らしい・聞いた] (looks/seems/heard-group)
    Meaning: looks like or seems like
    Example: seems it will rain
    JLPT Level: 2
    Category: lesson
    Author: dc

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There are a number of ways of relating second hand info. Generally in increasing order of certainty:

darou - perhaps (just a guess)
= it will probably rain tomorrow

rashii - i heard
= (from what i heard) it will rain tomorrow

sou - seems
= (it looks like) its going to rain

sou-2 - i heard
= I heard it will rain

you - it seems
= (From the look of the sky and based on my judgement) it seems like it will rain

mitai - looks like
= Looks like he wants to do it
this seems much more casual, younger
[sou -2]
= I heard it will rain

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jacobhartThe 'sou-2' example should say 雨が降るそうだ。 
dcso these two are similar:

雨が降りそう - seems like
(verb-masu stem) 降ります

雨が降るそうだ - i heard
(verb-plain + sou)

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