Grammar Info

N1 Lesson 7: 16/17


Like crazy, Keep doing (without a second thought), Nothing but, On and on, Do … all around, To do a lot of, One after another, All over, Keep, Everything, Constantly, All the time

まくる is also sometimes used as a noun, using Verb[ます]+ まくり + だ pattern


Verb[ます(*) + まくる
Verb[て]+ Verb[て]+ Verb[ます(*) + まくる

(*) Verb has to be volitional (can be controlled by the will of a doer)


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About まくる

まくる is a verb that will be attached to the conjunctive form of other verbs in order to show that (A) is being done over and over, a lot, or with a great amount of vigor. It comes from the verb う-Verb (まく)る 'to roll', or 'to turn', so means 'to do (A) around and again'. Common translations include 'to (A) like crazy', 'to do nothing but (A)', and 'to constantly do (A)'.
As mentioned, this structure will attach to the conjunctive form of other verbs.
  • 昨日(きのう)釣具屋(つりぐや)でルアーを()まくったから、来週(らいしゅう)までご(はん)とふりかけで我慢(がまん)しなきゃいけない。
    I bought a bunch of lures at the tackle shop yesterday, so I have put up with eating rice and furikake until next week.
  • (ひさ)しぶりに実家(じっか)(かえ)って、(はは)料理(りょうり)()まくってるから(すこ)(ふと)ってきた。
    I have started to gain some weight because I've been eating so much of my mom's food, ever since I came to visit my family after a long time.
  • 昨日(きのう)はカラオケで(うた)まくったから、(こえ)全然(ぜんぜん)でない。
    I sang like crazy at the karaoke last night, so I lost my voice.
This structure may be used both in positive or negative contexts, and it is quite common for the nuance of まくる to indicate that (A) is being done recklessly, or with abandon. This implies that the speaker isn't thinking about the consequences of doing (A) repeatedly, if any may exist.
The (A) verb must be something that is volitional, meaning that the speaker must have control over it and its repetition.
  • しゃっくりが()まくりすぎて(くや)しい。
    I am having a hard time breathing because I am hiccuping like crazy. (Unnatural Japanese)




    Hayase and Naoto danced like crazy.


    'I've been eating chocolate like crazy lately, so I've gained some weight.'


    Uzaki: 'Do you have plans for the golden week? '
    Sakurai: 'It's a rare opportunity, so I want to play games every day like crazy, from dusk till dawn.'


    'I heard that Masaharu-san bought a new car and has been driving it all the time, every single day.'


    'Yoshiko loves to talk. She talks nonstop, like crazy so I can't stand her.'

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まくる – Grammar Discussion

Most Recent Replies (3 in total)

  • Redglare


    I was scratching my head over what this was supposed to mean, but I think I found the answer. Seems like I wasn’t the only one confused about “volitional verbs”.

  • mrnoone


    Hey @Redglare

    I have modified the structure a bit, what do you think?


    ps Cute avatar

  • Redglare


    Hi! Looks good to me, now it is clearer what volitional means. Thank you!

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