"Always" is an adverb which is often translated as "siempre", and "used to be" is a phrase which is often translated as "solía ser". Learn more about the difference between "always" and "used to be" below.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (at all times)
a. siempre
You should always look both ways before crossing the street.Siempre debes mirar en ambas direcciones antes de cruzar la calle.
2. (if necessary)
a. siempre
We could always go to the beach instead of the city.Siempre podríamos ir a la playa en vez de la ciudad.
b. en todo caso
We can always ask your mother for help.En todo caso podemos pedirle ayuda a tu madre.
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used to be(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (general)
a. solía ser
This used to be the best school in the state.Esta solía ser la mejor escuela del estado.
b. solía estar
There is now a floral arrangement where the chair used to be.Ahora hay un arreglo floral donde la silla solía estar.
c. solía
It used to be unacceptable for a woman to work outside her home.Solía considerarse inaceptable que una mujer trabajara fuera de su hogar.
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