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    My mom is always telling me to study

    If you insert 'always' along with present progressive, does it have the nuance of 'complaints' or 'criticism'? Is it true? My grammar says 'always' means "You do something not so good too many times"

    ex1)My mom is always telling me to study.
    ex2)Oh no! I left my wallet at home again, I'm always forgetting something.

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    Re: My mom is always telling me to study

    'Always with progressive forms does not alwayd suggest annoyance. Context and, in speech, intonation are very important. This girl is certainly not complaining:

    "Henry is so different from all the other men I've known. He's always buying me little presents, and paying me lovely compliments. He quite spoils me."

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