Decoded Slug: ~うとした (〜uto shita)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~うとした (〜uto shita)

~うとした (〜uto shita)

Short explanation:

Express an action someone tried to do but couldn't; 'tried to', 'attempted to'.


Verb-う stem + とした


Denwa ni deyou to shita ga, aite wa kitte shimatta.
I tried to answer the phone, but the other person hung up.
Kare wa oogoe de hanasou to shita ga, kotoba ga denakatta.
He tried to speak loudly, but no words came out.
Keeki wo tsukurou to shita ga, zairyou ga tarinakatta.
I tried to make a cake, but I didn't have enough ingredients.
Kanojo wa oyogou to shita ga, kowakute mizu ni irenakatta.
She tried to swim, but she was scared and couldn't get in the water.

Long explanation:

The ~うとした grammar point is used to express an action that someone tried to do but couldn't complete, for various reasons. The formation differs depending on whether it is used with verbs. This grammar point can be translated as 'tried to' or 'attempted to' in English.

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