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"Always" doing something - difference between 一直,总是,老是...

Posted by arseny November 27, 2010 in the Group I Have a Question.

Hey guys,

This has been been confusing me. I am never sure when to use 一直,总是 or老是... I have learned by now that 老 is often being used when something has a negative connotation. But what to use for the following:

I have always been very tall.

She always knows where to go.

They're always talking in class.

I've always wondered ...

He's always smiling.

Does anyone know a good way to distinguish between those?


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