JLPT N2 Grammar (bakari)

Meaning

about, approximately

How to use

Noun (indicates time or distance)ばかり

Learn Japanese grammar: (bakari). Meaning: about, approximately.

This meaning only applies when used with a noun that indicates time or distance. For other nouns and verbs, the meaning changes to .

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Example #1

かのじょは30ぷんばかりベッドによこになった。
kanojo wa 30 pun bakari beddo ni yoko ni natta.
She lay in bed for about a half-hour.
Example #2

5ふんばかりこのみちをいけば、みぎてにそのみせがあります。
go fun bakari kono michi o ikeba, migite ni sono mise ga arimasu.
If you continue on this road for about 5 minutes, that shop will be on your right.
Example #3

さくらだいがくまで2じかんばかりでつくとおもいます。
sakura daigaku made 2 jikan bakari de tsuku to omoimasu.
I think it takes about 2 hours to get to Sakura University.
Example #4

きょうは8じかんばかりプログラミングをやって、めがつかれた。
kyou wa 8 jikan bakari puroguramingu o yatte, me ga tsukareta.
Today I did programming for about 8 hours and my eyes are really tired.
Example #5

きのうは4じかんばかりハイキングをしたから、きょうはきんにくがいたい。
kinou wa 4 jikan bakari haikingu o shita kara, kyou wa kinniku ga itai.
Because I went hiking yesterday for about 4 hours, today my muscles are sore.
Example #6

じゅっぷんばかりがあれば、できるとおもいます。
juppun bakari ga areba, dekiru to omoimasu.
I should be to do it in about ten minutes or so.
Example #7

そのさつじんじけんをみてから、かのじょは1しゅうかんばかりよるにねむれなかったそうです。
sono stsujin jiken o mite kara, kanojo wa isshuukan bakari yoru ni nemurenakatta sou desu.
After seeing the murder, she could not sleep at night for about a week.
Example #8

りゅうがくのことでかのじょはりょうしんとけんかして、ふつかばかりへやにいって、なにもたべなかった。
ryuugaku no koto de kanojo wa ryoushin to kenka shite, futsuka bakari heya ni itte, nani mo tabenakatta.
After arguing with her parents about studying abroad, she stayed in her room for about 2 days without eating anything.

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