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    Use always and never with the past tense

    Their mother Mrs. Wang remembers, "People always pointed at my children and other kids made fun of them and hated them just because they were deaf. They were so embarrassed that they cried. It always broke my heart and there was never anything I could to do change things!"
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    Is it possible to use the past tense with always or never?


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    Re: Use always with the past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Their mother Mrs. Wang remembers, "People always pointed at my children and other kids made fun of them and hated them just because they were deaf. They were so embarrassed that they cried. It always broke my heart and there was never anything I could to do change things!"
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    Is it possible to use the past tense with always?
    Yes, I always walked to school when we lived in the city. Why do you think it cannot be used in the past?

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    Re: Use always with the past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Yes, I always walked to school when we lived in the city. Why do you think it cannot be used in the past?
    Thank you,
    It is because I thought that always mean at all times not a period of time such as when I was a child, when we lived in the city...

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    Re: Use always with the past tense

    No, it means all the time or all the time during a specified period.

    I always got the bus to school as a child but now I always drive to work.
    I never walked to school as a child. Now I always work to work.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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