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~くらい/ぐらい

Usage:

Verb(Dictionary Form, Past Tense Form, Negative Form…) + くらい/ぐらい
Te Form of Verb + いる + くらい/ぐらい
i-Adj + くらい/ぐらい
na-Adj + な + くらい/ぐらい
Noun + くらい/ぐらい


Meaning 1:

「~くらい/ぐらい」means “so/such…that…(high level)”.

Examples of Meaning 1:

こわくてこわくて、大声おおごえさけびたいくらいだった。
I was so scared that I wanted to scream out.
 
今日きょういそがしくて、おひるべるかんもないくらいだ。
I’m so busy today that I don’t have time to have lunch.

Notes:

①You can use ~ほど to replace くらい/ぐらい when it means “so/such…that…”.(high level)

今日きょういそがしくて、おひるべるかんもないほどだ。
I’m so busy today that I don’t have time to have lunch.

②You can use ~くらい/ぐらい~はない to express the highest level.

かれくらいりょくするひとはいない。
There is no one that works harder than him.

③You can use ~ほど~はない to express the highest level too.

かれほどりょくするひとはいない。
There is no one that works harder than him.

Meaning 2:

「~くらい/ぐらい」means “so/such…that…(low level)”.

Example of Meaning 2:

こんな簡単かんたんなことくらい、だれでもできる。
This task is so simple that anyone could do it.

Note:

Please don’t use ~ほど to replace くらい/ぐらい when it means “so/such…that…(low level)”.
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2 thoughts on “~くらい/ぐらい

  1. I wonder when it’s more likely to use ぐらい instead of くらい since i hear the latter much more.

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      Both are okay, you can use both.

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