Grammar Info
N4 Lesson 6: 12/16

Want ~ to ~ like ~, Want ~ to be able to ~, Want ~ to ~ in the way of ~

Verb + ように + Verb[て] + ほしい
Noun + ように + Verb[て] + ほしい
Verb + ように + Verb[て] + ほしい + です
Noun + ように + Verb[て] + ほしい + です
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(A) ように~てほしい is an expression in Japanese which combines the auxiliary verb, ようだ, with the てほしい structure (indicating that you/someone else wants someone to do something). As ようだ is being linked to a verb which comes later in the sentence, it will take on the adverbial form ように.
This expression is used to highlight that you (or someone else) want someone to do something ‘in the way of (A)’.
  • 弁護士(べんごし)になれるように頑張(がんば)ってほしい
    I want you to work your hardest, so that you can become a lawyer.
  • このチーム大会(たいかい)勝(か)てるようになってほしい
    I want this team to be able to win a tournament.
  • お前(まえ)スポーツ選手(せんしゅ)ように走(はし)ってほしい
    I want you to run like an athlete.
  • もっとアナウンサーように話(はな)してほしい
    I want you to talk more like an announcer.
Note that when ように follows a noun, will be required.
Either or may mark the thing that the speaker ‘wants’ to do. It is more common for to be used to mark people, while will often mark events/objects.
  • あなたに漢字(かんじ)書(か)けるようになってほしい
    I want you to be able to write kanji.
  • 事故(じこ)無(な)くなるように運転(うんてん)てほしい
    I want people to drive in a way that will reduce accidents.
Fun Fact
Sometimes and will be switched, if either of those particles have already been used somewhere else in a sentence. This is mainly to avoid sounding repetitive, or confusion about what the subject of the sentence is.
  • トムに友達(ともだち)できるようになってほしい
    I want Tom to be able to make some friends.
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I want our children to become like you.
I want this train to run fast like a bullet train.
I want (you) to talk like an adult even in front of my baby.