[JLPT grammar] Understanding 〜のに vs. 〜ために

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

Let me know a good place to have a drink.


Using 〜ために is not incorrect, but using 〜のに is more appropriate in this sentence.

〜のに indicates the “utility of tools, equipment, or means” and is followed by expressions such as つかう (use), いい (good), べんりだ (convenient), and やくにたつ (useful), among others.

〜ために also indicates a purpose, such as “in order to” or “due to.” It often conveys a stronger sense of wanting or needing to do something compared to 〜のに.

In this case, you are simply asking for a good place to drink alcohol, so it is more appropriate to use 〜のに.

If you use 〜ために, the act of “drinking alcohol” will be overemphasized as the objective, and the focus will not be properly placed on what you originally want to ask, which is “a good place.”


I live to drink alcohol.

I go to the party to drink alcohol.


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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