Learn JLPT N2 Grammar (te bakari wa irarenai)


can’t keep doing something

How to use

Verb (て form)ばかりは

Learn Japanese grammar: (te bakari wa irarenai). Meaning: can’t keep doing something.

  • Based off of the N3 Grammar lesson:
  • It is used following a verb in て form to express that one cannot keep doing that action.
  • It can be written in two ways
    • (te bakari wa irarenai)
    • (te bakari mo irarenai)

Let’s look at some example sentences!

JLPT grammar てばかりはいられない (te bakari wa irarenai)  - Learn Japanese

- Example Sentences

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Example #1

donna ni tsurakutemo, naite bakari mo irarenai
No matter how tough it gets, I can't keep crying like this.
Example #2

mou oya ni tayotte bakari wa irarenai.
I can't keep relying on my parents forever.
Example #3

senpai ni kiite bakari wa irarenai. Jibun de dekiru youni naranai to.
I can't keep asking my senpai for every little thing, I have to learn to do thins on my own.
Example #4

kyou no shiai ni katta kara to itte, yorokonde bakari wa irarenai.
Just because we won today's match doesn't mean we can stay happy forever.
Example #5

karada no choushi ga warui kara to itte, kono mama kaisha o yasunde bakari wa irarenai.
Even though I'm not feeling well, I can't keep missing work like this forever.
Example #6

chichi ga nakunatta. shikashi, kanashinde bakari mo irarenai.
My father passed away, but I can't keep staying sad forever.

Vocabulary List

親に頼るおやにたよるto rely on parents
試合しあいmatch; game
かつto win
喜ぶよろこぶto be happy
体の調子からだのちょうしbody condition
悪いわるいnot good
会社を休むかいしゃをやすむto take off work
悲しいかなしいto be sad

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