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This topic is tied to the below grammar expression in the grammar library.
Be about to A; (about to) try to A

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ジェーン  まさに  から  よう  していた  
Jane was about to leave the house.
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Mysteriously enough, the main grammar page shows that this grammar point has a model sentence, but it's not actually found on this page.
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11 years ago
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Fixed!
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11 years ago
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For some reason, the title of this thread is popping up as ようとる.

Edit: I just looked it up in my dictionary, and apparently the verb する really does have this kanji, but I have never seen it used even in literature.
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11 years ago (Edited 11 years ago.)
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Yea - I knew a few kanji like this were going to show up. Fixed this term (する), but let me know if you see it happening with other pages. Thanks!
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11 years ago
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Is this used most often in the past tense, as in "was about to"? In contrast with ところ that is.
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9 years ago
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Nice site! Thank you for making it possible:) I have just came across this grammar in a sentence in a novel by Yoshimoto Banana. But I cannot get the sense of this structure with the verb う. The sentence is like the following 'だからこれはってているきだとおうとした。' Can I translate it literally? Like "I tried/was about to think about..." or "I was about to think that..."?
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6 years ago
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That would be my guess, but I imagine it might become a bit easier to decipher with the following sentences. If the subject was about to think something like you're guessing, I'd think something might come up next that would make them think otherwise.
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6 years ago
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What is the difference between ようにする and ようとする? They both seem to mean "try to A", but I do not understand the difference
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2 years ago
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ようとする focuses on the timing aspect, that is, something is about to happen. Often used to contrast it with something that starts afterwards (and stops whatever action was going to take place).
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2 years ago
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Pet peeve here. This よう reads the same as ようになる. However, it's not よう, it's the Volitional Form of the verb. The way the definition is presented is confusing, and I keep missing these grammar questions because I am looking for よう, not the volitional form.
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2 years ago
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Re-upping on what VorpalPlayer said, this should really be marked as とする or maybe V-とする. Too easily confused with the actual use of よう.

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5 months ago
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I must have missed that when it was first posted! Just updated the name on the page. Thanks for pointing it out.

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5 months ago
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