Learn JLPT N2 Grammar (bakari ni)

Meaning

simply because, on account of (=>negative result)

How to use

Verb (casual)ばかりに
Noun (+ である)
なadjective + な/である
いadjective

Learn Japanese grammar: (bakari ni).
Meaning: simply because, on account of.. Usually resulting in a negative result.​

This grammar is used to emphasize the reason why something bad happened.

Note that just this meaning does not apply to every single usage of ばかりに (bakari ni). It could be using one of the other meanings of ‘bakari’, but is usually clear based on the context of the sentence.

Be sure to check all of the variations of ‘bakari’ listed below in our related grammar section.

JLPT grammar ばかりに (bakari ni)  - Learn Japanese

- Example Sentences

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Example #1

お金がないだけで
お金がないだけで
I wasn't able to go on this trip since I don't have any money.
Example #2

経験がないだけで
keiken ga nai bakari ni kurou shita.
I suffered since I lacked any experience.
Example #3

似ていただけで
kao ga niteita bakari ni hannin to machigawareta
I was mistaken as a criminal just because our faces are similar.
Example #4

私が遅刻をしたのせいで
Watashi ga chikoku wo shita bakari ni minani meiwaku wo kaketeshimatta.
I'm so sorry for any trouble I caused for everyone because I was late..
Example #5

信じただけで
Kare no hitokoto wo shinjita bakari ni hidoime ni atta.
I had a horrible experience all because I believed what he said.
Example #6

外国人であるだけで
Gaikokujin dearu bakari ni, apaato sagashi niwa kurou shita.
I had a really hard time finding a new apartment just because I'm a foreigner..

Vocabulary List

KanjiKanaEnglish
今度こんどthis/next time
旅行りょこうtrip
経験けいけんexperience
苦労くろうto work hard; suffer
かおface
似ているにているto be similar
遅刻ちこくlate; tardy
苦労くろうsuffer; struggle

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