I couldn't find any translation in my dictionaries. Though. In context it seems to mean 'always'?! 这孩子老在班上捣蛋。 Is this correct.


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    iciba: 老 <副> long ; always ; very 在班上捣蛋 To act up in class
    – user6065
    Feb 18, 2015 at 6:51

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老在 is not a word. It's an adverb followed by a preposition.

老 means always or constantly.

在 is just a preposition, here it would be 'on' to go with 班上(the class)

So it's: This kid always create troubles on the class.

  • I think I got i got it, thanks for providing me with the terminology
    – user137313
    Feb 19, 2015 at 7:38
  • it is all in the dictionaries, to determine proper separation into words you could first use iciba 翻译
    – user6065
    Feb 19, 2015 at 8:29

老 is an adjective, means old.

It then be used as an adverb, long time, always, since old means long time.

For example, 这孩子老捣蛋。商店里老有人偷钱包。

在班上 is a adverb phrase means location, where to happen.

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