volitional form + とする = to be in the point of ~, to be going to ~

A volitional form precedes とする, such as 飲もうとする / 帰ろうとする / 食べようとする /  来ようとする / しようとする.

飲もうとする expresses the imminent state before starting the action of “drinking”.

a) お酒を飲んではいけないのに、お酒を見ると、すぐ飲もうとする。 [Although I should not drink alcohol, whenever I see it I immediately feel I have to drink.
b) 薬を飲もうとするが、苦くて飲めなかった。 [I was going to take some medicine, but I could not take it because of the bitterness.]

The action of “drinking” has not yet started in (a) and (b), but the speakers think of drinking.

One Response to volitional form + とする = to be in the point of ~, to be going to ~

  1. […] Mon 19 Feb 2007 volitional form + とする vs ~ところ Posted by shiRoi under Japanese language , Grammar , Lessons , Nihongo , Level 2 , JLPT  volitional form + としています vs ~ところ […]

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