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Be about to A, (about to) try to A
よう  した   スマホ  った  
I tried to go to sleep, but the smartphone rang.
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えようしたけどずかしくなってえませんでした
I was about to answer the teacher's question, but I suddenly got embarrassed and couldn't say anything.
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ろうしたけどのでれなかった
I was about to take a bath, but my friends suddenly came over so I couldn't.
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そのさなげようしました
The small dog tried to get away.
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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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あなたしようしているです
What are you trying to do?

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あのもうとしたけど、しくてやめた。
I tried to read that book, but gave up because it was too hard.
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Construction
AVerb: Volitional++する
Examples:
けようする (be about to phone (someone))



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the nuance of this grammar is that the speaker tried/try to do but is not successful
7+ years ago
shirothekiller - 2195 , 166

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Studying : Graduate School Placement Exam
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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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10+ years ago.
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Fixed!
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10+ 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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9+ years ago. Edited 9+ 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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9+ 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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8+ 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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4+ 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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4+ 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago.