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What is the difference between 常に、いつも、始終、しょっちゅう? Is it hard to know their differences? Is there any words that also have the same meaning?

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  • いつも - All the time
  • 常に - Continuously (this event is occurring all the time. Can also be used as a formal version of いつも)
  • 始終 - all the time
  • しょっちゅう - happens very often. (typically discrete events that happen often)
  • いつだって - Always (but adds focus onto the fact "always" portion compared to other terms)
  • ずっと - Always (and always has been and always will be)

The first three are quite similar in indicating that something is always happening and しょっちゅう indicates that something happens very frequently.

  • there is いつだって as well, right? – Felipe Oliveira Mar 29 '17 at 14:54
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    @FelipeOliveira Added/ – paullb Mar 29 '17 at 14:57
  • いつだって=いつであっても=いつでも=anytime "You can ask me anytime. いつでも頼んでください" – user20428 Mar 30 '17 at 6:58

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