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N5 Lesson 7: 1/13


Only, Just


Verb + だけ
[い]Adjective + だけ
[な]Adjective + + だけ
Noun + だけ


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About だけ

だけ is used in Japanese in a similar way to 'only' or 'just' in English. The basic meaning of this word is that 'while there are/were several possibilities, only (A) is true/was chosen'. だけ is used by attaching it to the base (dictionary) form of any word, except for な-Adjectives, which require when being used adjectivally.

Due to な-Adjectives being able to be used as either a noun or an adjective, the meaning of a sentence will be different depending on whether だけ is used with the noun form, or the adjective form.

Basically this difference just highlights whether something is being discussed in a measurable way (an adjective), or an immeasurable way (a noun).



  • 一人(ひとり)だけです

    Only one person.

    • それだけです

      Only that.

      • サッカーだけ()

        I only like soccer.

        This more naturally translates to 'Soccer is the only thing I like'.

        • (わたし)だけ()きます

          Only I am going.

          • その映画(えいが)(なが)だけ

            That movie is just long.

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            だけ – Grammar Discussion

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            • Pablunpro



              Whilst reading a short story, I came upon のみ as a literary version of だけ. Could this be added as a fun fact to this grammar point?

              Thank you very much for your consideration. よい週末を

            • cheesegyudonman



              What would be the difference between the two sentences:

              Thank You

            • Pablunpro



              I take this chance to reiterate this request, i.e. to add のみ as a fun fact to this grammar point. In fact, のみ appears indirectly in this grammar point: のみならず.

              Thank you very much for your consideration.


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