Difference between revisions of "Be always doing something"

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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.
 
'''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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Replace "doing something" with a verb, and conjugate:
  
 
e.g. "My boss is always shouting at me."
 
e.g. "My boss is always shouting at me."
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"Always" cannot be replaced with other adverbs of frequency - showing that this is a special usage.
 
"Always" cannot be replaced with other adverbs of frequency - showing that this is a special usage.
  
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 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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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".
  
  
 
[[category:Individual verb forms]]
 
[[category:Individual verb forms]]
 
[[category:Be]]
 
[[category:Be]]

Latest revision as of 06:35, 22 October 2019

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

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.

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

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

"Always" cannot be replaced with other adverbs of frequency - 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".