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ぐらい and ごろ(に) as “about/approximately”

ぐらい and ごろ(に) as “about/approximately”

While ぐらい is used to approximate a quantity or duration, ごろ(に) is used to approximate a point in time. At times, ぐらい is used in lieu of ごろ(に) to represented an approximate point in time as well, but ごろ(に) should never be used in lieu of ぐらい to represent an approximate quantity or duration.

Example(s):

ご飯が出来たまで何時間ぐらいかかりますか?
Gohan ga dekita made nanjikan gurai kakarimasuka?
(About how much longer until the rice is done?)

このアニメのファンサブは十二時ごろに出てくる。
Kono anime no fansub wa jyuuniji goro ni detekuru.
(This anime’s fan-subs come out around twelve.)