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Discussion in '日本語 (Japanese)' started by Pot-Bouille, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Pot-Bouille Senior Member


    I'm reading a short story describing a woman grieving her husband.
    She is sitting by his corpse, her voice broken by hours of crying:


    Does the underlined section mean : she doesn't try to stop crying?
    Is the message perhaps : she really doesn't look like she's going to stop crying any time soon? or she looks like she's really into her crying?

    I'm familiar with the structure "verb in "ou" form + to suru", as in 痩せようとします, I'm trying to loose weight.
    But I must say that in the text quoted above, it isn't as clear to me.

    Thank you all for your help !
  2. Tonky Senior Member

    She wouldn't stop crying. (more like, does not look like she could stop crying any time soon.)

    ~ようとする does not always have to mean volitional, but could be spontaneity, and means "it is about to happen".
     a life (=baby) about to be born.
     An extremely small country is about to welcome the era of Enlightenment.
  3. Pot-Bouille Senior Member

    I wasn't aware of that usage of ~ようとする.

    Great examples, thanks !

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