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〜おうとすると
youtosuru, part II
JLPT N3
Edit  geon
Meaning
A voluntary action stopped just before being completed
I was about to go out when the phone rang.
Edit  geon
Formation
Phrases
バスをおりようとすると、うしろからおされた。
I was about to get off the bus, when someone pushed me from behind.
Edit  #7020 geon
でかけようとすると、ちちによばれた。
I was just about to go out, when dad called me.
Edit  #7021 geon
おふろににゅうろうとしたときに、でんわがなりました。
The telephone rang just as I was about to get into the bath.
Edit  #8597 starsandsea
Discussion and comments
The voluntary action is just stopped a moment before being completed by an unexpected external cause. The verb of the main sentence is often in the passive form.
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