に沿って・にそって - Grammar Discussion

along
in accordance with
in line with

Structure

  • Noun + にそって
  • Noun1 + にそう / にそった + Noun2

[Used to express that something is in accordance with a manual/request/policy/law, etc. or to travel along a street/way/path, etc.]

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In “マニュアル:従業員は火災の際、避難計画にそってスーパーの前に集めること” why isn’t it “nisotta” instead of “nisotte”? Isn’t “suupaa” treated as a noun here?

スーパー is a noun, but if it was modified by the clause it would be the supermarket itself that’s in accordance with the evacuation plan.

So this is the first case, where the clause describes the entire phrase “gather in front of the supermarket”.

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