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N4 Lesson 6: 15/16


To try to


Verb[て]+ みる


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About てみる

In order to express that you will (or someone else should) try something, the conjunction particle will be paired with ()る (almost always without kanji). While this is translated as 'to try to (A)', the actual meaning is closer to 'to do (A), and see (whether the result is good or not)'.
This grammar construction is usually only used when someone tries something for the first time.
  • 本当(ほんとう)においし今度(こんど)()てみる
    Is it really delicious? Next time I'll try it!
  • これ()でみる?
    Do you want to try this drink?
As mentioned above, this phrase is also used when suggesting that someone else should try something. In these situations, (A) + てみて, or more formally, (A) + てみてください will be used.
  • だまされ(おも)()てみ
    Try and eat it as if I tricked you into eating it. (Believe it or not, this tastes good)
  • もう一度(いちど)電源(でんげん)()てみてください
    Please try to turn it off once more.
Sometimes, in very casual situations, even the will be dropped, and (A) + てみ will be used by itself. This usually has the nuance of 'come on, just give it a go!'
  • このボール()てみ
    Try and throw this ball.
When てみた appears in the past tense, it will imply that the attempt was successful, unless specifically stated otherwise by the speaker.
  • あの(あたら)ショッピングモール()てみ!すご()かった
    I tried going to that new shopping mall! It was so good!
  • タケルにもら(くつ)()てみけど(おれ)(あし)デカすぎるから(はい)なかった
    I tried to wear the shoes that Takeru gave me, but my feet were too big so they didn't fit.
Fun Fact
While the kanji for ()る may be used in this grammar point, it will result in the 'see' meaning being heavily stressed (rather than 'try'). This may cause a misunderstanding on the part of the person listening/reading.




    I will try playing baseball this weekend.


    I want to try swimming with dolphins.


    From tomorrow, I intend to try learning French. (Try to learn)


    Tonight I will try to make French cuisine.


    First, please try to eat it.

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てみる – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (11 in total)

  • matt_in_mito


    Hi, and welcome!

    This should be 弾くことを or 弾くのを

    ~てみる doesn’t use this kanji. It’s just hiragana.

    Other than that, I’m pretty sure it looks OK.

  • Suthivun


    Thanks! It was very helpful.

  • Minori6Kaemon


    There’s an explanation for this grammar point in A Dictionary Of Basic Japanese Grammar on page 246.

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