Difference between revisions of "Be always doing something"

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"Always" cannot be replaced with other adverbs of frequency - this is a special usage.
 
"Always" cannot be replaced with other adverbs of frequency - this is a special usage.
  
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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Using a [[copular verb]] in the progressive sounds a bit weird; e.g. <sup>?</sup>"you're always being late" - and it's probably better use a [[dynamic verb]], e.g. "you're always coming late".
  
  
 
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Revision as of 04:20, 21 October 2019

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.

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

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

Using a copular verb in the progressive sounds a bit weird; e.g. ?"you're always being late" - and it's probably better use a dynamic verb, e.g. "you're always coming late".