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(Dictionary/Negative-ない)-Form VERB + ようにする as “make an effort (to/not to) VERB”

(Dictionary/Negative-ない)-Form VERB + ようにする as “make an effort (to/not to) VERB”

This grammar construct expresses and emphasizes the effort of the subject to make it so that a certain action can or cannot be brought about.

Example(s):

できるだけ運動するようにします
Dekiru dake undou suru you ni shimasu.
(I try to exercise as much as possible.)

肉を食べ過ぎないようにしています
Niku o tabesuginai you ni shite imasu.
(I am making an effort to not eat too much meat.)

貯金するようにしています
Chokin suru you ni shite imasu.
(I am trying to save money.)