[JLPT grammar] Difference between だけ and ばかり.

Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT N4 course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?


[Student’s sentence]





[My correction]

My younger brother plays games all the time.


だけ means “and nothing else”, it does not suggest there is too much of anything.
ばかり emphasizes a large amount of something and often has a negative nuance, indicating that the action or thing is beyond what the speaker would prefer.


He really only plays the game. He doesn’t eat, go to the bathroom, or even sleep.

He plays the game too much. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t do other things.


I hope my explanation helps you. 😊


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