だけ - Grammar Discussion

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Structure

  • Verb + だけ
  • いAdjective + だけ
  • Noun + だけ
  • なAdjective・ + だけ

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@celophi

Hey and welcome on community forums :grin:

Yes, you are right. It is OK to use が・は・を after だけ、though it is incredibly uncommon nowadays.

Example:
誰が行きますか?
私だけ(が)行きます。
Who will go?
Only I will go.

Though in this specific case it would be much more natural to use で、私だけで行きます。

PS
The avatar is super cute, where is it from? :star_struck:

The structure section mentions that だけ can also be used with verbs, but none of the examples do that. Would be nice to have some of those!

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In this exercise:

彼女は綺麗 ____ 。
She is just beautiful.

Why is なだけ correct, but なだけだ isn’t?

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@Melanthe

They are both correct :bowing_man: I have added alternative answer!
Sorry for the inconvenience, :bowing_man:

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It doesn’t seem to work yet for me?

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It should be working now! :bowing_man:

I am super sorry, I made a typo when writing alternative answer and added だだけだ instead of なだけだ!

Sorry for the inconvenience!

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Ahhh, that explains it, thanks for fixing it!

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は,が and を after だけ is uncommon but it should it still be a valid answer, right? Tae Kim ( a resource you follow for だけ) also says it’s valid. a few Japanese people / studiers I know say it could be emphasis/nuance related. Just bugs me it would be marked as wrong.

Hi there, quick question.

彼女は綺麗な だけ

She is just beautiful.

Would this be used like the English “just” as an intensifier, or is it stating that her only quality is being beautiful?

Thank you.

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@Hollani23 Thank you for your question! 綺麗なだけ is used to state that her only quality is beauty. Cheers!

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Why is there a な here? Isn’t 怠け者 a noun?

I was just about to post this again lol.

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I came here with the same doubt. :stuck_out_tongue:

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