Verb Conjugation (Cont.)
Vconj + sō da そうだ
"Look like," "Feel Like"
The verb conjugation of sō da is used to express the speakers conjecture based on what is seen or felt. The copula da can be replaced by desu in order to make the speech polite.
Ame ga furi sō da.
It looks like it will rain
Kaze de ki ga taore sō da.
It looks like the tree will fall down because of the wind.
Ono-san wa chikai uchi ni intai shi sō desu.
It looks like Mr. Ono will retire in the near future.