Continuous verbs with “always”

Continuous verb forms with Always

We can use “always”, “continually” and other similar words with a continuous form to mean “very often”

  • John’s always losing his keys.
  • Mrs Smith is wonderful. She‘s always giving people vegetables and flowers from her garden.
  • I’m forever seeing Mary on the bus these days.
  • My dog‘s continually escaping from the garden.

 

The structure is used to talk about things which are unexpected or unplanned.

Compare:

  • I always meet my husband at the station on Fridays after work
  • (a regular, planned arrangement)
  • We‘re always meeting Bill and Florence in the supermarket.
  • (unplanned, accidental meeting – a coincidence)
  • Our English teacher always organised monthly trips to the theatre.
  • (Planned, regular)
  • Our parents were always organising surprise picnics and trips to the coast.
  • (unexpected, irregular)

 

It is also used for unexpected actions that are surprising, annoying or frustrating.

  • Philip and Glenn are always arriving late to class.
  • (which is annoying because the class is disrupted when they arrive)
  • My son is always leaving his dirty socks on the bathroom floor.
  • (annoying and frustrating)
  • Diana‘s always forgetting where she has parked her car, so we usually get home late.

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