Learn JLPT N3 Grammar (bakari)

How to use

Verb (て form)

Learn Japanese grammar: (bakari). Meaning: only; nothing but.​

  • This grammar point literally means “only” or “nothing but”, and is often used to express surprise, shock, and even judgement (in a negative way).
  • It is not always used in a negative way, and can simply be used to say “only” or express surprise.
  • You’ll have to interpret the intended meaning based on the context.

Example A

roku gatsu wa ame bakari desu!

It’s constantly raining in June / It’s nothing but rain, It’s always raining, etc..

Other Variations

Let’s look at some more example sentences below!

JLPT grammar ばかり (bakari)  - Learn Japanese

- Example Sentences

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

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Example #1

musume wa terebi bakari miteiru.
My daughter does nothing but watch TV.
Example #2

kare wa o kane bakari kangaiteiru.
He only thinks about money.
Example #3

kono kafe no o kyakusan wa josei bakari desune.
This cafe's customers are all girls.
Example #4

amaimono bakari taberu to futorimasu.
If you just eat sweets you're gonna gain weight.
Example #5

uso bakari tsuku hito ga kirai da.
I hate people who always lie.
Example #6

eru mono wa naku, ushinau mono bakari da.
You have nothing to gain, but everything to lose.
Example #7

kodomo no koro wa karada ga yowakute byouki bakari shite imashita.
I was weak as a child and sick all the time.

Vocabulary List

考えるかんがえるto think
女性じょせいgirl; female
太るふとるto gain weight
得るえるto gain
失ううしなうto lose
ころtime period

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