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我老得麻烦同事。

What does 老得 means in here? Does it mean

I'm too old and have to bother colleagues constantly.

I find an example,

我老得不能养猫了。

I'm too old to have a cat.

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You should take 老得 separately in this case.

老: always; constantly

得(dei3): need; have to

我老得麻烦同事 means I have to bother colleagues constantly.

In 我老得不能养猫了(I'm too old to have a cat), 得 is pronounced as de and 老 means old.

It relies on context to determine whether 得 is pronounced de or dei3, which reflects different meanings.

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