7c) Aspect: always, constantly, continually, forever, perpetually

1) Foley & Hall  [chapters 1 - 3]

2) Ungerer [chapter 188, p. 131]

3) Swan [ 452, p. 466]

{4) Lamprecht [ 616, p. 220]}

When we want to emphasize that something is done repeatedly, we can use the present [or past] continuous with words like always, constantly, continually, forever, perpetually. Often we do this when we want to show that we are unhappy about it, including our own behaviour:

1) I'm always forgetting people's birthdays. It's so annoying. [Foley & Hall]

2) Youre always leaving your things lying about. Im forever tripping over the lego bricks on the floor. [Ungerer]

3) Im always losing my keys. [Swan]

{4) Youre continually finding fault with me. [Lamprecht]}

Youll find a lot more [very telling] examples in the above-listed grammars.

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