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JLPT N3 Grammar: たばかり (ta bakari)

たばかり (ta bakari)

Meaning: just finished; something just ended/occurred

How to use the: Verb (た form) + ばかり

Explain:
Used to describe an action, which has just ended recently compared to the present form, this sentence represents something that happened not too long ago (according to the perception of the speaker). The actual length of time from when the incident occurred to the present can be short and long, but if the speaker perceives the time period to be short, this pattern can be used.

Example sentences:
1, さっき着いたばかりです。
Sakki tsuita bakaridesu.
I just arrived.

2, この間買ったばかりなのに、テレビが壊れてしまった
Konoaida katta bakarinanoni, terebi ga kowarete shimatta
I just bought it recently but the television is broke

3, 田中さんは一昨年結婚したばかりなのに、もう離婚を考えているらしい。
Tanaka-san wa ototoshi kekkon shita bakarinanoni, mō rikon o kangaete irurashī.
Tanaka has just been married a year ago, but seems to be considering divorce.

4, この便は先ほど成田空港を出発したばかりだ。
kono bin wa saki hodo narita kuukou o shuppatsu shita bakari da.
The flight has just left Narita Airport.

5, 日本に来たばかりのころは、日本もよく判らなくて本当に困った。
Nihon ni kita bakari no koro wa, Nihon mo yoku wakaranakute hontōni komatta.
When I first came to Japan, I didn’t understand Japanese so it was really hard

6, 姉は大学を出たばかりです。
Ane wa daigaku o deta bakaridesu.
My sister just graduated from university

Attention:
In the spoken word, it could be changed to 「ばっか」 Vたばっか

まさか、今起きたばっかなの?
Masaka, ima okita bakkana no?
Is it just wake up now?

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