JLPT N3 Grammar (bakari denaku)


not only.. but also; as well as

How to use

Verb (casual)ばかりでなく…(も)
いajective + い
なadjective + な

Learn Japanese grammar: (bakari denaku).
Meaning: not only.. but also; as well as.

  • This grammar can be interchanged with
  • They have the same meanings, but  (bakari denaku) is slightly less strong.
  • This grammar point is often followed with a も and a second point. As in not only [A], but also [B].
  • Based off of the N3 Grammar lesson:

Example A)

kono resutoran wa, aji ga warui bakari denaku, tenin no taido mo hidoi.

Not only is this restaurant’s food bad, but the service is also horrible.

Let’s look at some more examples sentences below.

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- Example Sentences

Each example sentence includes a Japanese hint, the romaji reading, and the English translation.

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Example #1

kono manshon wa semai bakari denaku, kurai desu.
This apartment is not only very small, it's also quite dark.
Example #2

uchi no ko wa 6 sai nano ni nihongo bakari denaku eigo made shabereru yo!
Although our child is only 6, they can speak not only Japanese, but English as well.
Example #3

joou wa utsukushii bakari denaku kokoro mo yasashikatta.
The Queen was not only beautiful, but she had a kind heart as well.
Example #4

ore wa migi te bakari denaku, hidari te demo ji ga kakeru yo.
I can write with not only my right hand, but my left hand too!

Vocabulary List

悪いわるいnot good
態度たいどbehavior; attitude
狭いせまいsmall; narrow
さい~year old
喋るしゃべるto speak
優しいやさしいkind; nice
おれI (man)
右手みぎてright hand
左手ひだりてleft hand

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