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    State verbs in present progressive+always

    Hey,

    from what I have been taught, we are not generally supposed to use state verbs in progressive forms.

    Yet,

    can we use state verbs in the continuous aspect to suggest out unhapinesses with the present state?

    Such as in:

    "You are always needing my help when I'm watching football." or "You are always wanting to borrow the car when I need it."


    Are these sentences correct to say, being ones of the exceptions, or I should prefer the simple aspect?

    Thank you for your attention.

    Waawe

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    Re: State verbs in present progressive+always

    Quote Originally Posted by Waawe View Post
    Hey,

    from what I have been taught, we are not generally supposed to use state verbs in progressive forms.

    Yet,

    can we use state verbs in the continuous aspect to suggest out unhapinesses with the present state?

    Such as in:

    "You are always needing my help when I'm watching football." or "You are always wanting to borrow the car when I need it."


    Are these sentences correct to say, being ones of the exceptions, or I should prefer the simple aspect?

    Thank you for your attention.

    Waawe
    Yes, your sentences are correct examples of exceptions where this structure can be used.

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