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'''Be always doing something''' is an [[English]] [[verb form]].  It uses the [[progressive aspect]], with the [[adverb of frequency]] "always".  It's used to express frustration or annoyance at a repeated action.
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[[File:From Flickr 8171170492.jpg|thumb|"My dogs are always terrorizing our neighbours and the cats."]]
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'''Be always doing something''' is an [[English]] [[lexical-grammatical structure]].  It uses the [[progressive aspect]], with the [[adverb of frequency]] "always".  It's used to express frustration or annoyance at a repeated action.
  
e.g. "my boss is always shouting at me."
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This can be expressed in either the [[present tense]] or the [[past tense]].
  
"Always" cannot be replaced with other adverbs of frequency - this is a special usage.
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Replace "doing something" with a verb, and conjugate:
  
Using copular be in the progressive sounds a bit weird; e.g. <sup>?</sup>"you're always being late" - and it's probably better to say e.g. "you're always coming late"
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e.g. "My boss is always shouting at me!"
  
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"Always" cannot be replaced with other [[indefinite frequency adverb]]s - showing that this is a special usage.
  
[[category:Individual verb forms]]
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Using [[copular be]] in the progressive supported by [[auxiliary be]] sounds a bit weird; e.g. <sup>?</sup>"you're always being late" - we would usually drop the progressive aspect and just say "you're always late", or we could [[circumlocute]] and use a [[dynamic verb]], e.g. "you're always coming late".
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[[category:lexical-grammatical structures]]
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[[Category:Present progressive]]
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Latest revision as of 04:02, 22 June 2020

"My dogs are always terrorizing our neighbours and the cats."

Be always doing something is an English lexical-grammatical structure. It uses the progressive aspect, with the adverb of frequency "always". It's used to express frustration or annoyance at a repeated action.

This can be expressed in either the present tense or the past tense.

Replace "doing something" with a verb, and conjugate:

e.g. "My boss is always shouting at me!"

"Always" cannot be replaced with other indefinite frequency adverbs - showing that this is a special usage.

Using copular be in the progressive supported by auxiliary be sounds a bit weird; e.g. ?"you're always being late" - we would usually drop the progressive aspect and just say "you're always late", or we could circumlocute and use a dynamic verb, e.g. "you're always coming late".