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Because A, B (negative result)
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ゲーム  やりすぎた ばかりに           
Because I played video games too much my girlfriend gave me the cold shoulder.
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コーラ       ばかりに           
Because I drank too much cola, I gained weight.
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          した ばかりに     なった  
She became a criminal because she kidnapped a baby.

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AVerb: Casual, past (た)
 
Aな-adjective な/である
 
Aい-adjective
 
ANoun である
 
 
ばかりBNegative result
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まことまじま
Level: 417
(1 year ago)
indicates that a single factor causes a negative situation
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Level: 17
(7 years ago)
1. Usually the main clause (above B) sets out the negative situation/result, but when -たい precedes ばかりに, the main clause (B) can indicate effort:

X をたいばかりに、わざわざアメリカからにやってきました.
I came to Tokyo all the way from America just to see X.

2. If と precedes ばかりに、it is a totally different meaning (“as if someone were saying ~)
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Years Studied: 3
Studying: JLPT N3 & JLPT 2
Level: 1, : 100
Noun + (である) ばかりに
I-adjective + ばかりに
Na-adjective + な (である) + ばかりに

がばかなばかりに、をかけています。
はあるが、いばかりにできない。
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12 years ago
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Level: 141, : 7,149
Added, thanks!
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12 years ago
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Studying: N1
Level: 1, : 395
Does たいform before ばかりに add a particular nuance on top of "because"?
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11 years ago
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Level: 141, : 7,149
I'm not sure this one can be used with the たい form.
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11 years ago
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According to my grammar book it can. (からえるトレーニングN2).
Its given as a subsection to ばかりに but doesn't give any further information in the difference between verbた or verbたい. (The fact it has its own section makes me think there is some missing subtle nuance)
The two examples in the book are:
いたいばかりに、った。
はAくんにいたくないばかりに、使ってんだ。
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11 years ago
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Level: 141, : 7,149
I will check this out when I get a chance to jump into my super big grammar text - if I were just to read these and was forced to guess what they meant, I would think one of the two:
1)It is strengthening the power of the want to do that action
2)Emphasizes that they did something (second half of the sentence) rather unusual (or beyond normal) *just* because they did(not) want to do the action (first half of the sentence.

But yea, I will look this up for you. Failing that, I will ask the teacher at the school.
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11 years ago
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Level: 141, : 7,149
Found it. It means:
というだけで - which is pretty close to my second guess. What they do in the second half of the sentences is done just for the single reason that takes the form of the たい.

As soon as I can think of a more succinct way of phrasing that, I will add it (as a new page) !
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11 years ago (Edited 11 years ago.)



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