JLPT N3 Grammar (bakari iru)


only; nothing but; describe repetitive action

How to use

Verb (て form)ばかりいる

Learn Japanese grammar: (bakari iru).
Meaning: only; nothing but. It is often used to describe a repetitive action in a criticizing or negative way.

  • This grammar has the same meaning as
  • One main difference is that (bakari iru) can only be used following a verb in て form.
  • (bakari iru) can be congugated like a normal verb, so it will also appear as
    • (bakari imasu)
    • (bakari ite)

There are many variations of ばかり, so be sure to check out the related grammar section below.

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- Example Sentences

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Example #1

amai mono o tabete bakari iru to, futorimasu yo!
If you keep only eating sweets, you're going to gain weight.
Example #2

terebi o mite bakari iru to, me ga waruku narimasu yo.
If you keep watching TV all the time, your eyes are going to go bad.
Example #3

ano ko ga naite bakari iru.
That child keeps on crying nonstop.
Example #4

kare wa ie de fuzakete bakari iru kedo, shigoto de wa majimena hito desu.
He is constantly goofing off at home, but at work he's a very serious person.
Example #5

sonna ni hataraite bakari itewa karada o kowashimasu yo.
You're going to destroy your body if you keep working all the time like that.
Example #6

musuko wa shigoto mo shinai de asonde bakari imasu.
My son doesn't work and just plays around all the time.

Vocabulary List

太るふとるto gain weight
悪くなるわるくなるto go bad
泣くなくto cry
真面目なまじめなserious; hard working
働くはたらくto work
壊すこわすto break

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