Continuous - non-stop
What is the difference in meaning between 一直, 不断 and 不停? Can they each be used, for example, to say that someone talks non-stop?
JohnSeptember 14, 2010, 02:47 AM
These words are all similar in meaning. Literally, they mean:
They can each precede a verb, although the grammar is slightly different for each with regards to the use of 地 (de):
一直 + Verb
不断 (+ 地) + Verb
不停 + 地 + Verb
So in each of these cases, you could replace "Verb" with 说话 and it would be correct.
Thanks for that John. I also asked a kid at school. He said that only 不停 carried the sense of 'whining' that I was trying to convey in my example. He said the other 2, especially 一直, are simply comments about the situation.