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"Always" Reexamined

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ID: QW0246 Intermediate
The Qing Wen team is taking another look at the adverb "always," this time by comparing two highly useful but often confused Chinese words: 总是 (zǒngshì) and 一直 (yīzhí). We'll get down to the nitty-gritty of when these words can be used and how their usage alters the meaning of a sentence. Be sure to also check out our other related Qing Wen on "always" here!
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shùn zhe yī ge fāngxiàng 。
To follow a direction.
yīzhí wǎng qián zǒu 。
Go straight ahead.
wǒ zuótiān wǎnshang yīzhí dāi zài jiālǐ ,nǎr dōu méi qù 。
I stayed at home all night last night. I didn't go anywhere.
wǒ shàngwǔ yīzhí zài kāihuì ,máng sǐ le 。
I was in a meeting all morning. I'm so busy.
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