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    always + tenses

    Dear teachers,

    Which tenses should be used with adverbs of frequency and how do they affect their meaning?

    When should I say:

    1a) He always watches / watched TV. = permanent or past habit?
    b) He always reads.

    2a) He has / had always watched TV. = difference with 1a) ?
    b) He has / had always read.

    3a) He is / was always watching TV. = a reproach ?
    b) He is / was always reading. = a neutral comment ?

    So what could be the difference between:

    “I am/was always fond of reading” and “I have/had always been fond of reading” ?

    Thank you very much for your help.
    Hela

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    dear hela

    1-means he always watches t.v

    2-this sentence must be followed by another sentence to be meaningful.otherwise, it is not possible ( for me) to decide which one to use.

    3-IS is better when for example, at night father comes home, and mother wants to complain about his son, about that he hadn't studied his lessons. she says:
    He is always watching t.v when he comes home.
    this means that after coming home from school, he doesn't study enough, and watches t.v programms more than enough.

    4-WAS is used when for example a child brings his report card home with awful marks, and mother says the father:
    He was always watching t.v during his exam.
    this means that in the period of time he had exam, he had watched t.v more than enough.

    5-I am fond of reading means that right now, i love reading a lot od books.

    6-I was fond of reading means in the past times, i was interested inreading, and i read a lot of books.

    7-I have/had always... means in past, but before s.th happens, i used to read books. s.th special happened and after that, i didn't read books anymore.


    Hope that helps


    Matilda

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    #3

    Re: always + tenses

    I'll start again because my question was not clear enough.

    A/ When should I use :

    1) the simple form (past or present):
    a) He always reads / b) He always read.

    2) the perfect aspect (past or present):
    a) He has always read / b) He had always read.

    3) the progressive aspect (past or present):
    a) He is always reading / b) He was always reading.

    Does 1) express a habit whether present or past;

    2) an action that started in the past and carries/d on up to a later moment in time; (but in that case what's the difference between 1) and 2) ?

    3) either a reproach or a neutral comment depending on the context ?

    B/ Now, what's the difference then between :

    a) I am always fond of reading. (correct sentence ?) and
    b) I have always been fond of reading.

    c) I was always fond of reading. (correct sentence?) and
    d) I had always been fond of reading.

    I hope that's better.
    Kind regards,
    Hela
    Last edited by hela; 06-May-2006 at 10:34.

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