Grammar Info
N4 Lesson 4: 8/18

to reach the point that, to come to be that, to turn into

Verb[できる](1) + ように + なる

(1) Verb[ない]Verb[る]
Verb[できる](1) + ように + なります

(1) Verb[ない]Verb[る]
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使用域 一般
When combined with the particle , and the う-Verb なる, よう expresses that a particular action has reached the point of being completed/able to be completed. Because of this, ようになる is regularly translated as ‘to reach the point that (A)’, or ‘to turn into (A)’.
To use ようになる, it will need to be added to the plain-potential, non-past form of a verb.
  • 毎日(まいにち)、漢字(かんじ)の練習(れんしゅう)すれば綺麗(きれい)に漢字(かんじ)書(か)けようになります
    If you practice kanji everyday, you will reach the point where you can write them neatly.
  • 早(はや)く走(はし)れるようになりたい。
    I want to reach the point where I can run faster.
When using this grammar construction, we will need to remember that する does not have a potential form. Therefore, できる will be used with words that usually act as する verbs.
  • 髪(かみ)綺麗(きれい)にカット出来(でき)ようになるのが夢(ゆめ)です
    It is my dream to reach the point where I can cut my hair nicely.
  • 自分(じぶん)から行動(こうどう)出来(でき)ようになってください。
    Please turn into someone who can act on their own. (Please become more self sufficient)
However, ようになる is not limited to being used in affirmative sentences, and may also be used after a verb with ない. This shows that something has reached the point of ‘not’ being able to be completed.
  • 来年(らいねん)から現金(げんきん)使(つか)えないようになる
    From next year, it will reach the point where you will not be able to use cash. (Starting next year, you will not be able to use cash)
  • 来月(らいげつ)から会社(かいしゃ)喫煙(きつえん)できないようになります
    Starting next month, it will reach the point where you will not be able to smoke at the company. (Starting next month, smoking will be banned)
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If you study English diligently, then you will reach a point where you can speak it.
After discussing it with a friend, we have reached the point that we can decide.
I want to reach a point where I can cook.
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