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〜おうとすると [〜おうとすると] (youtosuru, part II)
    Meaning: A voluntary action stopped just before being completed
    Example: I was about to go out when the phone rang.
    JLPT Level: 3
    Category: grammar
    Author: geon

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The voluntary action is just stopped a moment before being completed by an unexpected external cause. The verb of the main sentence is often in the passive form. 

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ex #7020   バスを降りようとすると、後ろから押された。  
I was about to get off the bus, when someone pushed me from behind.  
ex #7021   出かけようとすると、父に呼ばれた。 
I was just about to go out, when dad called me.  
ex #8597   お風呂に入ろうとしたときに、電話が鳴りました。 
The telephone rang just as I was about to get into the bath.  

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