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I know, generally, multiples of the same particles in a sentence is okaaay, but perhaps not natural-sounding in everyday conversation? I'm trying to create longer sentences by stringing together clauses:

ninjaっぽいになるために、日光に行った。

Can any particles be dropped here? What should I change? As I understand, へ is used to emphasize direction, but I feel like I should be emphasizing the actual location.

  • @Chocolate oh okay, because っぽい is used to describe the becoming, it needs to be conjugated... – idkgaijin Sep 15 '18 at 2:48
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「~っぽいになる」 is grammatically incorrect. 「~っぽい」 conjugates to 「~っぽく」 in the adverbial/continuative form. cf: 「かわいい」→「かわいく」

日光に行った can be rephrased as 日光へ行った without changing the meaning. (~ヘ行った sounds a tiny little bit more formal to my native ear.)

So you can say:

Ninjaっぽくなるために、日光に行った。
Ninjaっぽくなるために、日光へ行った。

(You could also drop the に in ために, as in 「Ninjaっぽくなるため、日光へ行った。」 but this would sound pretty formal.)

You can also use 「なりたくて」, "wanting/hoping to be~", as in:

Ninjaっぽくなりたくて、日光に行った。

  • Eh that's interesting - why does dropping the に in ために make it more formal? – idkgaijin Sep 15 '18 at 2:53
  • I can't say why... but 「V+ため~~」 often sounds more formal than 「V+ために~~」 when meaning "in order to~~" (purpose). – Chocolate Sep 15 '18 at 3:13

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