Verb[ない]んがため(に) - Grammar Discussion

in order to
for the purpose of


  • Verb[ない] + + + ため(に)
  • Verb[ない] + + + ため + + Noun

:warning: Exception: する → せん

[AんがためにB is a formal and old-fashioned literary expression meaning “in order to” or “for the purpose of”]

[It expresses the great will of the speaker to achieve a goal]

The ん (shortened form of む) is an old suffix expressing volition, that was attached to what we call negative stem or irrealis [未然形]]

[Nowadays, the same idea is expressed by the volitional form. Another example: 言わんとする (nowadays 言おうとする)]

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I saw what I think was a version of this out in the wild that dropped the ため.


Would it be valid to view A as a consequence of B in this grammar point? Because all of the suggested interpretations of this grammar point on the main page suggest that A is the purpose for B, which doesn’t really track for this sentence and would make less sense the more context I’d give it.

Also the two related grammar points link to the same page.