volitional form + とする vs ~ところ

volitional form + としています vs ~ところ



The two sentences above mean [I am just about to eat.] . But sentence 1 is not acceptable. This is because volitional form + としています is used for others but not for self.

So, 「彼は食事を食べようとしています。」  is correct.
Also, 「彼は食事を食べるところです。」 is correct.

If you think this grammar explanation is incorrect, please do correct me. 🙂



2 Responses to volitional form + とする vs ~ところ

  1. Japanese learner says:

    This is a really well written blog.

    I am studying JLPT N2 grammar of my own, along with the Kanzen Master Series (Revised). But to see different views of other learners, like you and your blog, is a good way to proof your own understanding.

    Anyway, I’ve noticed that in your first sentence, which is a good example how different and detailed Japanese grammar with its nuances is. 私は食事を食べようとすしています。 tosushiteimasu とすしています is wrong. Wouldn’t it be toshiteimasu としています at the end of the sentence?

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