Learn JLPT N3 Grammar (bakari iru)

Meaning

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.

Let’s look at some example sentences for (bakari iru) .

JLPT grammar ばかりいる (bakari iru)  - Learn Japanese

- Example Sentences

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Example #1

甘いものだけ
amai mono wo tabete bakari iru to, futorimasu yo!
If you keep only eating sweets, you're going to gain weight.
Example #2

ずっとみると
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

ずっと泣いている
ano ko ga naite bakari iru.
That child keeps on crying nonstop.
Example #4

いつもふざけている
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

ずっと働くと
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

あそんでいるだけ
musuko wa shigoto mo shinai de asonde bakari imasu.
My son doesn't work and just plays around all the time.

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
甘いものあまいものsweets
太るふとるto gain weight
悪くなるわるくなるto go bad
child
泣くなくto cry
いえhome
仕事しごとwork
真面目なまじめなserious; hard working
働くはたらくto work
からだbody
壊すこわすto break

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