What's the difference between V-てばかりいる and V-てばかりだ?. I came across these sentences and they seem to have all the same meaning "always/only be doing something", but their usage and constructions appear to be different:


  • Note that none of your examples is of the form "てばかりする”, which is ungrammatical. – mamster Feb 22 '18 at 18:56
  • As you say, they share the same meaning with different constructions. – user4092 Feb 24 '18 at 6:07

The only difference that I think might be worth mentioning is that:

「~~てばかり+ いる/います

sounds slightly more formal and/or objectively observed than:

「~~てばかり + だ/です

which could tend to sound slightly more subjectively observed, emotional, exclamatory, etc.

The difference would mostly be minimal unless these phrases are qualified by other words used in the context.

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