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N4 Lesson 5: 9/20

ずっと ①
continuously, all throughout, entire time, ever (since), the whole time, all the way

ずっと + Phrase
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The adverb ずっと has two primary meanings in Japanese. The first is that something keeps going in a constant state, without ever stopping/resting, and the second is to emphasize an amount of something. We will examine the first meaning in this lesson.
To use ずっと, add it to the beginning of the phrase that you want to highlight as being ongoing.
  • ずっとゲームしないでたま勉強(べんきょう)する
    Instead of continuously gaming, I occasionally also study.
  • ずっと立(た)ってたから足(あし)痛(いた)
    I was standing the whole time, so my feet hurt.
Alternatively, ずっと can be used after から, to express that something has been continuing ‘ever since’ some specific event/point in time.
  • 昨日(きのう)からずっと寝(ね)ないからメチャ眠(ねむ)
    I haven't slept at all since yesterday, so I am extremely tired.
  • 朝(あさ)からずっと何(なに)も食(た)べていないからお腹(なか)空(す)い
    I haven't eaten anything at all since morning, so I am hungry.
Fun Fact
ずっと literally means that something is ‘unwavering’, or ‘unfaltering’. Due to this, the statement that ずっと is attached to will always be perceived as being ‘far more (A)’, or ‘to the maximum amount possible for (A)’, regardless of whether it is highlighting a noun, verb, or an adjective.
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I have been continuously busy since morning.
[all morning]
I have not met him ever since I was a child.
Ever since we got married, we have always lived here.
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