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Grammar detail: 〜ために

〜ために - in order to
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のため
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ため
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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':
さのためにんだ。 He died as a result of the cold.
In this usage, the meaning is 'in order to':
きるためにべました。 He ate in order to live.
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.
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See also:
  • 〜がため - in order to
  • 〜ように - in order to~, so that~, to~

Kanji used in this grammar

カン   さむ cold   
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シ   death   し die   
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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   
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ショク   ジキ    food   たべる to eat   く to eat   
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