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Do only A; do nothing but A

  1. Do only A; do nothing but A
  2. A just finished/ended/occured.
  3. Shows a continual/continuing negative change A
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なつやす だから  ばかりいる  
I'm just sleeping because it's summer vacation.
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ゆうこ ちゃん     ばかり       ところ         ない  
Yuuko is always smiling. I haven't seen her crying a single time.
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  ばかり          もう ちょっと   したら  
It's not good for your health to always worry. What if you eased up a bit?
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あの   ゲーム  して ばかり  から いい        でしょう  
That child is always playing video games so he doesn't get good grades, right?
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  いつも       ばかり        
He's always complaining about the food.
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 って       ばかり いる  
Women are always buying hats.
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  ふざけて ばかり いる   から  
You are just screwing around today.
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トム  いつも テレビ    ばかり いる  
Tom is always watching television.
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その      ばかり いた  
He did nothing but cry.
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   いつも アイスクリーム     ばかり いる  
She is always eating nothing but ice cream.
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  さん     ばかり   
Mr. Itou does nothing but work.

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ばかり
Basic Examples:
いてばかり (do nothing but cry)

ゲームばかり (only games)

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ばかり is sometimes pronounced ばっかり for emphasis.
9 years ago
avatar マドゥリ - Level 1
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おのひとはいつもあそんでばかりです。
10 years ago
RajGupta - Level 1
 
A just finished/ended/occured.

  1. Do only A; do nothing but A
  2. A just finished/ended/occured.
  3. Shows a continual/continuing negative change A
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もし   した ばかり なら         です   
You'd better not swim if you've just eaten.
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その         ばかり   
The teacher is fresh from college.
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   テニス     ばかり です  
I've just started playing tennis.
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     ばかり  
Just finished it.
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つい    ここ     ばかり   
I arrived here just now.
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たった  その      ばかり   
I only just saw the accident.
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鹿      ばかり      できる  
A baby deer can stand as soon as it is born.
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         ばかり  
Mom just left?
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この ドラマ      ばかりだ   
This drama has just started.
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       ばかり  ところへ     やって    
Right after my uncle arrived my grandfather came as well.

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AVerb: Casual, past (た)
ばかり
Basic Examples:
わったばかり (just finished)

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It is just similar to たところ but there is a little bit duration between action when use たばかり but there is no duration between two actions when use たところ.
10 years ago
RajGupta - Level 1
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In spoken Japanese ばかり is often shortened to ばっか
10 years ago
avatar emmy - Level 2
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this usage is for what the speaker feels just happened. it doesn't necessarily mean that the action in reality just happened, but rather, the speaker feels like the action just occured
10 years ago
shirothekiller - Level 1
 
Shows a continual/continuing negative change A

  1. Do only A; do nothing but A
  2. A just finished/ended/occured.
  3. Shows a continual/continuing negative change A
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このまま では       なって ばかり   
As it is, our way of living will keep getting difficult.
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これで           ばかり   
With this her mood continues to worsen.

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ばかり
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Years Studied: 3
Studying: JLPT 2
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missing [past tense verb + ばかり: just (verbed)]
たばかりです。- The Shinkansen just left.
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13 years ago
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Level: 62, : 5,638
Thanks! I put in the explanation, and I'll add some example sentences at a later point.
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13 years ago
Studying: JLPT 2
Level: 1, : 66
Other uses of ばかり, as found in my Canon Wordtank:
1) ばかりってたんです。"I have just been in Kyushu for *about* one week." And コップにばかりのれっている。"The cup is *about* half full."
2) あとはるばかりだ。*All that's left to do* is sleep.
3) かんばかりにえた。She pleaded *on the verge of* tears.
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12 years ago
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Why isn't verb (plain form) + ばかり listed?
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10 years ago
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Level: 62, : 5,638
Added, thanks!
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10 years ago
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Years Studied: Since 2010
Studying: JLPT N1
Level: 1, : 205
How about mentioning somewhere that ばかり is sometimes pronounced ばっかり for emphasis?
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9 years ago
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Level: 62, : 5,638
Feel free to add that as a usage note :)
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9 years ago
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Years Studied: 3
Studying: JLPT 3, university japanese exam
Level: 3, : 16
There's also the present progressive form ~てばかりいる  as in: "んでばかりいる" = Tomoko is doing nothing but playing. and the quantifier + ばかり as in: "ばかりパリにいた" = I was in Paris for about a month. As Adam Milazzo wrote in his website (http://www.adammil.net/japanese/esog/v49_bakari_.html) くらい (kurai) and ほど (hodo) may also be used in this pattern, replacing ばかり. Both ほど and ばかり can also be used when referring to an exact amount (their usage makes the sentence seem a bit less direct), whereas くらい always refers to an approximate amount (and thus cannot be used with an exact amount). [list] [li][/li] [/list]ばかりした。= I studied for about an hour. In this sentence, ばかり can be replaced with either ほど or くらい, with the meaning of "about". [list] [li][/li] [/list]そのりんごをつばかりください。 = Please give me two of those apples. In this sentence, ばかり can be replaced with ほど, but not with くらい, because although ばかり/ほど would seem to imply a meaning of "approximately two apples", the actual meaning is exactly two apples, because they are obviously sold in whole units. ばかり, then, serves as a softener. くらい, which always has the meaning of "approximately", cannot be used with an exact quantity. (Though perhaps you could use it if you really wanted to say "approximately two apples"?)
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8 years ago
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tabakari to te bakarino chigauwa nandesuka?
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7 years ago
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nihongode onegai itashimasu eigoga chotto wakaranaidesukara)))))
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7 years ago
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If you want to practice making sentences, I recommend you use the "Write your own sentence" at the top of the page!

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7 years ago
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ok))))) thank you very much)))))))))
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7 years ago
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douyatte tsukattemo iidesuka? watashi hajimete kono saito wo tsukatterukara yoku wakaranai.... write your own sentence wo oshita atode dokoni hairanakereba naranaindesuka?:-o oshitemo nanimo demasenkara(((( douyatte tsukattemo yoroshideshouka?)))))
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7 years ago
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7 years ago
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はいかりました(*^_^*)ありがとうございました(*^_^*)
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7 years ago
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Level: 23, : 9
Hi everyone! 
What is the construction for 'bakari' as 'about/approximately'? 
Thanks in advance ;)
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3 years ago
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Level: 610, : 251
Strange that it isn't mentioned here, but the construction is fairly straight-forward.
It directly follows a quantifier, which can either be a counter (e.g. ばかり - about 5 minutes) or an explicit number if its meaning is clear enough from context (e.g. ばかり - around 40).
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3 years ago



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