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.
  
e.g. "my boss is always shouting at me."
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e.g. "My boss is always shouting at me."
  
"Always" cannot be replaced with other adverbs of frequency - this is a special usage.
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"Always" cannot be replaced with other adverbs of frequency - showing that this is a special usage.
  
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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Using [[copular be]] in the progressive supported by [[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".
  
  
 
[[category:Individual verb forms]]
 
[[category:Individual verb forms]]
 
[[category:Be]]
 
[[category:Be]]

Revision as of 05:20, 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 - showing that this is a special usage.

Using copular be in the progressive supported by be sounds a bit weird; e.g. ?"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".