Doing for a reason with ~ように

ように following a plain (dictionary) or ない form of a verb indications the purpose of or motive for an action. It is similar to “so that” or “in order to” in English.

Further Reading

  • Chino, Naoko. “Basic Pattern 37.” A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Sentence Patterns, Kodansha, 2000, pp. 226–227
  • Kamiya, Taeko. “Stating Purpose, Cause, and Reason.” Japanese Sentence Patterns for Effective Communication, Kodansha, 2005, pp. 144–145
  • Makino, Seiichi and Michio Tsutsui. “Main Entries.” A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, The Japan Times Ltd., 1989, pp. 553–554

Examples

Is the Order a Rabbit? » Volume 1 » Page 32 (Right) » Panel 1

「ココアちゃんが(まよ)わないように(いま)から学校(がっこう)まで()ましょう」

Chiya suggests she and Cocoa go to school together so that (Cocoa) will not get lost.

Is the Order a Rabbit? » Volume 1 » Page 50 (Left) » Panel 3

(わたし)たちも(きゃく)さん満足(まんぞく)してもらえるように頑張(がんば)なきゃね」

After visiting Chiya’s family’s café, Cocoa tells Chino and Rize they need to work hard so that their customers will be satisfied.

Is the Order a Rabbit? » Volume 1 » Page 105 (Right) » Panel 1

「ではこれからリゼちゃんが(およ)げるように特訓(とっくん)(はじ)めます

Hearing Rize has never swam before, Cocoa suggests they start special training so that Rize can swim.