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Grammar detail: ぐらい and くらい

ぐらい and くらい - about, around, approximately
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ぐらい or くらい
means
about, around, approximately
さんしゅうかん
三週間
ぐらいです
About three weeks.
かい
ぐらい
いた

Yeah, I asked about six times.
いま
ぐあい
具合
くない
から
しゅくだい
宿題
ぐらい
すく
なく
してくれ
I'm not feeling very well, so at least give me less homework.
なんじかん
何時間
ぐらい
さが
しています

How long have you been searching?
ぐらい and くらい can also be used to make comparative assessments, in which case they can be combined with verbs and adjectives - see 〜は〜ぐらいです.
In modern Japanese, ぐらい and くらい are interchangeable, but that was not always the case - see くらい vs ぐらい.
ぐらい is also commonly used after the words どの or どれ (which) to mean 'how much', 'how long' etc:
くるま
どれくらいかかります
How long does it take by car?
Interestingly, どの and どれ are interchangeable, but their equivalents, この and これ, are not - この is used with an object, and これ is used when the object is implied.
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Kanji used in this grammar

サン   み    みっ three   
シュウ    a week   
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カン   ケン   あいだ interval, between   ま space, room   
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カイ   エ   まわ to revolve   まわ to make turn   
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ブン   モン   き to listen, to hear   きこえる to be heard   
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コン   キン   いま now   
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グ    tools   
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ゴウ   ガッ   カッ   あ to fit, come together   あわす to match   あわせる to unite, join   
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リョウ   よ good   
宿
シュク   inn   やど an inn   やど to lodge   やど to give lodgings   
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ダイ    topic   
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ショウ   すこ a little   すくない few   
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カ   なに    なん what?   
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ジ   とき time, occasion   
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タン   さぐ to grope for   さが to search for   
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シャ   くるま car   
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