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とりあえず目覚ましにシャワーだけ浴びて、さっさとメシの準備をしよう。

  • speaker has already gotten outa bed

に(して)anyways, i'm gonna (fully) wake up, and just take a shower,...

(purpose) に anyways, I'm just taking a shower so i can (fully) wake up...

the AをBに construction in question

Is に(して)strictly only for that construction and nothing else?

Otherwise is there a implied とりあえず目覚ましに(行って)シャワーだけ浴びて to satisfy the movement verb requirement for the "in order to do something に"?

thanks

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The particle に indicates purpose. (It's not にして.) [目覚]{めざ}まし here is a noun that means [眠気]{ねむけ}[覚]{ざ}まし, "shaking off one's sleepiness". I think とりあえず is more like "First (of all)," and modifies シャワーだけ浴びて, not 目覚ましに.

とりあえず(目覚ましに)シャワーだけ浴びて、

Lit. "First of all, for (the purpose of) shaking off my sleepiness, I'll just take a shower and..."
→ "First of all I'll just take a shower to shake off my sleepiness and..."

  • does that mean the "for the purpose of に " does not require a movement verb? – charu Sep 24 '18 at 1:09
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    You must be talking about the structure 「XXに行く」「XXに来る」 where you use 動詞連用形 or 動作性名詞, eg 見に行く, 買い物に行く. Here, 目覚まし is an established noun, so you can attach a normal verb (phrase) to 目覚ましに, 眠気覚ましに, eg 眠気覚ましにコーヒーを飲む – Chocolate Sep 24 '18 at 1:23
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    目覚まし is also the stem of 目覚ます -- Hmm.. I don't think we use a verb 目覚ます... We say 目覚ます. So we consider 目覚まし as a noun.. – Chocolate Sep 24 '18 at 1:29
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    You can understand it as 目覚ましのために, but 目覚ましに or 目を覚ますために would sound more natural. I can't think of an example using 地球温暖化に to mean 地球温暖化のために. I think it depends on the noun: You can say 気晴らしに、気分転換に、腹ごなしに、酔い覚ましに... – Chocolate Sep 24 '18 at 2:37
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    The に shows 感覚や感情が生じるきっかけ (明鏡国語辞典). So it's a causation/trigger of a sensation/emotion/feeling. Some examples of this に: 「突然の知らせに驚く」「物語に感動する」「人間関係に悩む」 – Chocolate Sep 26 '18 at 1:30

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