I have a question about a grammar point. It is about a sentence coming from an exercise in the 新完全マスターN2 文法.
Here it is:
最近、失敗 _ をしているので気分が晴れない。少し休暇を取ろう。
To fill the gap, I have four possible answers: だけ、ばかり、に限って、の限りを.
The two last answers obviously can’t match here. But it seems to me, that だけ, and ばかり, can either be okay. I checked the answers sheet and the good one is: ばかり.
In general, I have no problem when differentiating だけ from ばかり. But in this specific context, I don’t understand why ばかり should match and not だけ.
“Recently, I am only failing/I am doing only failure …”
There must be a very subtle reason here… Is it because of the personal involvement of the speaker or something like that? Any ideas ?