Gave me a ‘ahah!’ moment. Hope it helps someone else
I love Tofugu articles like this. Thanks for the heads up! Yesterday I read a great one about ている, てある, and ておく!
Thanks for the reminder! I started that and got distracted.
Also, I just read the ばかり・ところ article and it was fantastic! Cleared up so much for me. So thank you for sharing.
I was taught ばかり as used for negative things more often than not.
All you do is sleep or play video games (as an insult/negative trait).
I think that’s another meaning when it’s used after the verb in present tense.
That’s definitely one way ばかり is used. The meaning changes depending on what precedes it.
The “just/only” usage is either 〜てばかり or NOUN+ばかり。
My son only/just plays games.
The article discusses the “just finished” usage which is 〜たばかり and in certain cases can be exchanged for 〜たところ.
I just finished studying.