As long as [かぎり]

We use かぎり to express that as long as a state continues, something else will not change.


I will never forget you as long as I live.


We make this structure by attaching かぎり to the end of a verb in the present or present continuous form. For nouns you can use である.

する限り (present form)

している限り (continuous form)

である限り (noun + である form)

Note: 限り actually comes from the verb 限る – to limit and has many more uses which we will study another time.

This form also hints that if the state attached to 限り changes, then the other state may also change. The following example shows this:


As long as I am in Japan, I intend to study Japanese [ I might not study if I leave Japan]

However, Japanese friends have told me that this is not always the case, so I’m not entirely sure how strong the hint is….



I will never forgive you as long as I live.


As long as you are next to me, I am happy.


As long as I am King of this country,  It is my great duty to protect all of our citizens.

That is all for this usage of かぎり. Stay tuned for the other uses in the future.