I have a tendency to stick in 啊 whenever I want the sentence to sound strong (in any emotion whether it be happiness, annoyance, etc) which I'm aware is it's purpose.
But exactly how common is it? I've seen Chinese shows and I don't see the actors using 啊 THAT MUCH (pretty substantial but not to the extent I was expecting)
I've also seen them use 啊 in a perfectly chill environment. Like they'll be having a normal, steady conversation and one them will just throw in an 啊. So is it thrown around for the sake of sounding natural as well?
BOTTOM LINE: How common is 啊 in daily speech? A general outline for it's use would be nice too.