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~ようとする
youtosuru
JLPT N3 Author: ninja_k
Meaning
Try to do something, but the nuance is that it was unsuccessful.
I tried to kiss her, but she said no.
試してみるだけで結果がともなわないニュアンスがある。
Phrases
I tried to use this computer, but I couldn't.
Author: nickm758

I was about to get on the train when the door closed on me.
Author: hua

He was trying to kiss his girlfriend when his mom walked in the room. (so I did not get to kiss her)
Author: hua

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