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.
Instead of continuously gaming, I occasionally also study.
I was standing the whole time, so my feet hurt.
can be used after から
, to express that something has been continuing ‘ever since’ some specific event/point in time.
I haven't slept at all since yesterday, so I am extremely tired.
I haven't eaten anything at all since morning, so I am hungry.
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.