Today’s Question

ちゃぐらい自分じぶんでいれます implies
a. I don’t like tea.
b. I like tea.
c. tea making is easy
d. tea making is difficult

Today’s Grammar Point: ~くらい/ぐらい

~くらい/ぐらい has a few meanings. One is for “approximately” and that usage is explained here. Today, I’m going to talk about the ~くらい/ぐらい that is used to describe how trivial a condition is (Meaning 1) as well as to describe an extent of a condition using an example (Meaning 2). See examples below.


  • この/その/あの/どの (prenoun adjectival) + くらい/ぐらい
  • [noun] + ぐらい/くらい
  • [いadjective] + ぐらい/くらい
  • [なadjective] + な + ぐらい/くらい
  • [plain form verb] + ぐらい/くらい

When it follows この/その/あの/どの, くらい is a lot more common than ぐらい, but if anything else comes before that ぐらい is more common than くらい although this is not a fixed rule.

Meaning 1 emphasising the trivialness of the condition

Possible Translation

  • “at least”
  • “all I can …”
  • “as little as”


Do it yourself (at least that much)!

ちゃぐらい自分じぶんでいれます。(Today’s Question Sentence)
I’ll make tea myself. (⇐ I will do such an easy thing of making tea by myself.)

About all I can cook is 2-minute noodles. Is that OK?

Please let me watch TV at least on Sunday.

All I can do for children is to listed to them.

I don’t want to go to a doctor just because I have a headache. (I don’t want to go to a doctor for as little as having a headache.)

Please don’t cry just because the exam was hard. (Please don’t cry for as little as the exam having been difficult.)

Please don’t complain just because the work is hard. (Please don’t complain for as little as the work being hard.)

Meaning 2 explaining an extent using an example

Possible Translation

  • “as … as ~”
  • ”~ enough to do ….”
  • “rather … than ~”
  • “might as well … as ~.”


I’m looking for a box just about this big.

I want to speak Japanese as well as Amy can.

Tests should be rather difficult.

Children should be rather naughty (than placid).

I want to improve my reading comprehension enough to be able to work as a translator.

If we have to wait for the bus for an hour, I’d rather walk.

If you have to cry for failing the exam, why didn’t you study harder? (You might as well have studied harder as you’d have to cry for failing the exam.)

You might as well not start at all as leave it unfinished.

Answer to Today’s Question: c

See above.

One thought on “~くらい/ぐらい

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    ~ほど | EasyJapaneseE
    29 July 2021 at 8:00 am

    […] etc. If the extent ほど is describing is the maximum possible, you can replace ほど with ~ぐらい/くらい although using ほど sounds more extreme than […]

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