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yì zhí
adv. (indicating one direction) straight; always, all along, continuously; all the way
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一直 is used to indicate:

1. that an action or a state is continuous.
E.g.1 上午我一直在写作业,没有休息过 。In the morning I was doing my homework all along, without any break.

2. that an action or a state that exists during a period of time.
E.g.2 这几年,我一直在家里做一些翻译文件工作。These few years, I have been doing some translation work at home.

3. that a situation appears repetitively in the same context.
E.g.3 我一直走路上班。I always go to work on foot.

4. one's emotion or attitude towards someone or something.
E.g. 4 我一直很喜欢你。 I'm always quite fond of you.

5. one's point of view, opinion
E.g. 5a 我一直认为他不适合这份工作。I always don't think he is a good fit for this position.
E.g. 5b 我一直怀疑他是个小偷。I have suspected that he is a thief all along.
We are learning about the use of 一直in giving directions, like the example:
一直往前走就到车站了。Go straight ahead and you'll see the station.
Would this be the most common use?
For directions is the most common yes,but up ,you can see there are different use, for example : 你一直在等我 you always are wait me, the means here is always . 一直 depends on the context
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Could you also specify the difference between 一直 and 总是
Richard Pohl
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