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    Is this usage of the adjective "constant" correct English:

    "He is a constant source of trouble."

    A google search definitely returns a lot of hits, which shows that it is at least in use. But I feel that it is not used correctly, because "constant" refers to a action/process, but "source" is a thing, NOT an action/process.
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    Welcome to the forums, heiny.

    The sentence sounds fine to me. It describes perfectly a number of boys I used to teach.

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    Does that mean I could write: "He is a constant criminal"?

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    That's not a natural collocation.

    'He is a habitual criminal.'

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    Default Re: Constant

    (Note: I edited a fatal error in my original question.)

    Both "criminal" and "source" are a "thing", not an action/process. I can't seem to understand why "constant source of trouble" work, but "constant criminal" doesn't, unless the former is some sort of set idiomatic phrase that should be accepted without question.

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