- 一向 [yī xiàng]
- （过去的某一段时期） earlier on; lately:
I have been very well lately. 我这一向身体很好。
There was quite a lot of rain earlier on. 前一向雨水多。- （一直） consistently; all along:
He has always been of the opinion that university students ought to have a wider range of knowledge. 他一向主张大学生的知识面要宽一些。
He is always honest. 他一向忠诚老实。
The idea never really took on.
Because her job had been the pivot of her life, retirement was very difficult.
The children's future is always uppermost in my mind.
He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.
Typically, he would come in late and then say that he had to go early.