Number/counter + くらい or ぐらい
Part of Speech
About くらい ①
- 後３分くらいで着く。I'll arrive in about 3 minutes.
- ４個ぐらい欲しいな。I want about 4.
- どのくらいで着きますか？About how long will it take for you to arrive?
Due to the original meaning of くらい being 'rank', or 'extent', it may not be used when referring to broad periods of time. ころ will be used in these situations. However, くらい and ころ may be used interchangeably when referring to a specific time (due to a specific time being able to be thought of as an extent).
- ８時くらいでもいい？Is about 8 okay?
- ８時ごろでもいい？Is about 8 okay?
- 子供のくらいにディズニーに行った。About when I was a kid, I went to Disneyland. (Incorrect example, with unnatural English to match!)
- 子供のころにディズニーに行った。I went to Disney when I was a kid.
Approximately when will you come?
I will go/leave in approximately 30 minutes.
Approximately how much coffee do you drink per week?
He's about 10 years old.
I read a book for about one hour every day.
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くらい ① – Grammar Discussion
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Was wondering why the で is needed here after ぐらい?
Without the で, the …ぐらい works like an adverbial phrase that modifies いい: “It’s about that good”.
I’m a little confused as to why for the following english sentence, ぐらい is preferred to ごろ:
“Approximately when will you come?” => “何時ぐらいに来ますか”
This example came up while doing a lesson quiz and I thought that in this case, ごろ would be more appropriate, especially because of the following grammar point from the lesson, but to my surprise the app was expecting ぐらい:
[くらい・ぐらい is more often used to describe amounts, while ころ・ごろ is almost always exclusively used to highlight a point in time]
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