Grammar Info

N4 Lesson 4: 8/18

(よう)になる

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

Structure

Verb[できる](1) + ように + なる

(1) Verb[ない]Verb[る]

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About ようになる

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)練習(れんしゅう)すれば綺麗(きれい)漢字(かんじ)()ようになります
    If you practice kanji everyday, you will reach the point where you can write them neatly.
  • (はや)(はし)れるようになりたい。
    I want to reach the point where I can run faster.
Caution
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.
  • (かみ)綺麗(きれい)にカット出来(でき)ようになるのが(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)

Examples

  • ちゃんと英語(えいご)勉強(べんきょう)すれば(はな)せるようになる

    If you study English diligently, then you will reach a point where you can speak it.

  • 友達(ともだち)相談(そうだん)してから()めるようになった

    After discussing it with a friend, we have reached the point that we can decide.

  • 料理(りょうり)できようになりたい

    I want to reach a point where I can cook.

  • 理解(りかい)出来(でき)ようになった

    I reached the point that I could understand.

  • 100m10(びょう)(はし)れるようになった

    I reached the point that I could run 100 meters in 10 seconds.

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ようになる – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (8 in total)

  • trig

    trig

    About 8 months ago

    This point is presented to me in N4 lesson 4. It seems to depend on the plain potential form which I haven’t studied yet; looks like I’ll get to that in lesson 8.

    The “About” currently says:

    To use ようになる, it will need to be added to the plain-potential, non-past form of a verb.

    Clicking “potential” in that sentence gives a grammar-point popup that itself indicates that I haven’t studied it yet:

  • mdevapura

    mdevapura

    About 3 months ago

    Yep, I just reached this point and am also a bit confused on the matter.

  • MikkaT

    MikkaT

    About 2 months ago

    Yes, that is a bit confusing. I mean I just learn the the point from lesson 8 first i guess but it would be good if it would be rearranged in the bunpro N4 deck at least.

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