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Making Sense of Grammar
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罢了bà le is generally used at the end of a sentence which contains 不过bù guò, 只是 ‘only’ or 无非‘only’, ‘just’, ‘simply’, to dismiss something as unimportant:

我只是开玩笑罢了。

Wǒ zhī shì kāi wán xiào bà le 。

I was only joking.

她不过想躺一下罢了。

Tā bú guò xiǎng tǎng yī xià bà le 。

She just wanted to lie down for a while.

他无非着了点凉罢了。

Tā wú fēi zháo le diǎn liáng bà le 。

He has just caught a cold, that’s all.

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
answered Feb 1, 2021 by Ariel (34,480 points)

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