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Grammar detail: 〜ために

〜ために - in order to
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means 'in order to' (do something), or 'because of' or 'as a result of' something.
For example, in this usage, the meaning is 'as a result of':
たいふう
台風
ために
きゅうこう
休校
でした
There was no school due to the typhoon.
In this usage, the meaning is 'in order to':
きる
ため
べました

He ate in order to live.
しけん
試験
うかるために
かんじ
漢字
まいにち
毎日
べんきょう
勉強
しています

I study kanji every day, so I can pass the exam.
その
がか
画家
べんきょう
勉強
する
ためにパリ
った

The painter went to Paris with the object of studying painting.
しんぶん
新聞
ために
すく
なくとも
BKレベル
かんじ
漢字
べんきょう
勉強
しなければならない

You will need to study at least BK level kanji in order to be able to read a newspaper.
The に is used to emphasize that the reason being given is the point of the sentence. If the に is omitted, the focus is on the result being described.
まず
しい
ためその
しょうねん
少年
きょういく
教育
けられなかった

Poverty deprived the boy of education.
あめ
ためその
しあい
試合
ちゅうし
中止
なった
The game was called off on account of the rain.
タクシー
める
ため
わたし
げた

I held up my hand to stop a taxi.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ダイ   タイ    pedestal   
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フ   フウ   かぜ wind   かざ-    
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キュウ   やす to rest   やすまる to be rested   やすめる to suspend (use etc.)   
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コウ    exam   
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セイ   ショウ    life   なま raw   いかす to enliven   いきる to live   いける to arrange flowers   うまれる to be born   う to give birth to   き pure, undiluted   お to grow, to sprout   はえる to grow, to sprout   はやす to grow, cultivate   
ショク   ジキ    food   たべる to eat   く to eat   
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シ   ため to test   こころみる to attempt   
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ケン   ゲン    verification   
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カン    Chinese   
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ジ   character   あざ village section   
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マイ   every, each
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
ベン    exertion   
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キョウ   ゴウ   つよ strong   つよまる to get stronger   つよめる to strengthen   しいる to compel, to force   
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ガ   カク   draw
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カ   ケ   house   いえ    や    
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コウ   ギョウ   アン   ゆ    い to go   おこな to take place   
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シン   あたらしい    あら    にい- new   
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ブン   モン   き to listen, to hear   きこえる to be heard   
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ドク   トク   トウ   よ to read   
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ショウ   すこ a little   すくない few   
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ヒン   ビン   まずしい poor   
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ネン   とし year   
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キョウ   おしえる to teach   おそわる to be taught   
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イク   そだ to grow up   そだてる    はぐく to raise, to rear   
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ジュ   うける to receive, to accept   うかる to pass (an exam)    
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ウ   あめ    あま- rain   
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ゴウ   ガッ   カッ   あ to fit, come together   あわす to match   あわせる to unite, join   
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チュウ   ジュウ   なか middle   
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シ   とめる to stop   とまる to stop   
シ   わたくし    わたし I, myself   
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シュ   hand   て    た-    
ジョウ   ショウ   うえ above   うわ- above   あげる to raise   あがる to rise   かみ first half, upper part   のぼ to climb   のぼせる to bring up, to raise   のぼ to bring up   
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