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N3 Lesson 4: 17/21

は~くらいです

About the only, To the extent that

Structure

+ Verb + くらい (1) +
+ [い]Adjective + くらい (1) +
+ [な]Adjective + + くらい (1) +
+ Noun + くらい (1) +

(1) ぐらい

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About は~くらいです

は~くらいです is an expression in Japanese used to convey that '(B) is all that exists within (A)'. As with other grammar points that use くらい, this nuance will be shown in the form of an 'extent'. In は~くらいです, both は and くらい are being used as adverbial particles. This structure is often translated as '(B) is about the extent of (A)'.
To use this grammar pattern, (A) will come before は, highlighting the situation, place, thing, or person within which a limit exists. The (B) part of the sentence will then describe what that limit is, followed by くらいです (or ).
  • 休日(きゅうじつ)()(いえ)()るの()(もの)()ときくらいです
    Going out to go shopping is about the only thing I do when I have a day off.
  • 仕事(しごと)忙しいの月曜日(げつようび)ぐらいだけです
    Monday is about the only time I am busy at work.
  • (わたし)基本的(きほんてき)なんでも()べられますよ。()(もの)(きら)なの()玉子(たまご)ぐらいです
    In general, I can eat anything. Boiled eggs are about the only thing I dislike in regards of food.
  • (わたし)(ゆめ)家族(かぞく)(つく)ることぐらいかな
    Starting a family is about the extent of my dreams.
In order to add extra emphasis, のもの or なもの may follow くらい.
  • 距離(きょり)は5キロくらいのものです
    The distance is only about 5km.
  • 電車(でんしゃ)仕事(しごと)()とき使(つか)っているくらいなものです。プライベート(くるま)しか使(つか)いません
    Commuting to work is about the only time I use the train. In my personal time, I only use my car.

Examples

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  • (わたし)得意(とくい)なの料理(りょうり)くらいです。

    Cooking is about the only thing I'm any good at.

    • (わたし)仲間(なかま)(いぬ)(さる)(きじ)くらいです。

      A dog, a monkey and a pheasant are about the only friends I have.

      • (わたし)苦手(にがて)なの、ネギくらいのものです

        Green onion is about the only thing that I do not particularly care for.

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