ばかり - Grammar Discussion

English translation:
only
nothing but

Structure:
Verb[ ] + ばかり
Noun + ばかり

Explanation:
[ばかり can be used together with verb[ている], if so: verb[て] + ばかり + いる is used. for combining sentences ばかりで is used. In case of verb[ている] both ばかりいて and ばかりで can be used.]

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A suggestion for @pushindawood and the rest of the team

N+ばかり and Vて+ばかりいる seem different enough that they should be different grammar points with separate examples.

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I couldn’t find it on the site, so I thought I’d mention it since it came up in a book I’m referencing. ばかり with counters. Probably should be its own grammar point. But the book describes it as “counter + ばかり” and means “more or less” or “about”, similar to くらい, but more formal.

甘い物をたべてばかりいると、虫歯が増える。[食たべる]
甘い物をばかりたべていると、虫歯が増える。

I wonder if the second sentence is also acceptable.

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Hey and welcome on the community forums :partying_face:

Yes, they are both acceptable, though you don’t really need を.

So:
甘い物をたべてばかりいると、虫歯が増える。
甘い物ばかりをたべていると、虫歯が増える。
are perfect

But all of those are acceptable:
甘い物をたべてばかりいると、虫歯が増える。
甘い物をばかりたべていると、虫歯が増える。(feels less natural)
甘い物ばかりをたべていると、虫歯が増える。(feels less natural)
甘い物ばかりたべていると、虫歯が増える。

I hope it helps,
Cheers!

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The LearnJapanese link looks to be down and redirects to this: http://learnjapanese.becauseofdreams.com/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi

@darkness_rising Thank you for letting us know so that we could update the Readings section with a different link. Cheers!