Could someone please help with the correct answer to this N3 challenge? I thought the correct one is ために but apparently I'm wrong.

今度の試合に勝てる (ために)一生けんめいがんばります。

Variants given: ために ことに ように みたいに

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    That sentence was in an exam? The ことに part looks incorrect and unnatural. Nonetheless, +1 for getting me curious.
    – user4032
    Jan 18, 2015 at 14:16
  • Chances are I'm wrong about the correct answer. However, I've listed all variants, could you, pls, point out the one you think correct?
    – Alexander
    Jan 18, 2015 at 16:08

1 Answer 1


You'd say

今度の試合に勝てるように一生けんめいがんばります。(potential form + ように)


今度の試合に勝つために一生けんめいがんばります。(dictionary form + ために)

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