Take the below as an example


What is the difference between saying 行くとする and 行く and 行こうとする

I've seen a lot of explanations for とする that use the meaning of "assume" which doesn't quite make sense with me.

ようとする from my understanding means to to attempt to do something.

But I don't quite see what 行くとする would mean.

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    Translating the sentence, I would give you, 'Well then, we had better get going. Adieu, darlings.'
    – Angelos
    Commented May 15, 2016 at 14:15

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I will try to concentrate on the usage of 「~~とする」 in your specific example as 「~~とする」 has a few meanings that are vastly different from one another. The meanings vary depending on the context and/or what words come right in front of 「とする」.

It might be of help to remember that all of those meanings have to do with "making a decision of some sort".


In this context,

「Verb in Dictionary Form + + する

means "to proceed to perform a new action (by quitting what one is currently doing)".

New action: leaving before the others leave. (先に行く)

Old action: being/staying there.

Thus, the phrase 「行こうとする」 cannot replace 「行くとする」 in this context as only the latter can be used in announcing to others your decision to leave.

So, how do you translate 「行くとする」? Pretty much anything that reflects your understanding of the nuance "proceeding to perform a new action (by quitting what one is currently doing)" would do.

"I think we should get going.", "We really hafta get going.", etc., perhaps?

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