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    She is always doing laundry in the middle of the night

    Does this sentence have any complaining tone? My grammar books says if you use a present progessive with "always", it has the connotation of complaining or criticizing some acts that they hate to accept. Is it correct?

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    ex)She is always doing laundry in the middle of the night.
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    Re: She is always doing laundry in the middle of the night

    It could be a complaint. Or it could simply be a statement.

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    Re: She is always doing laundry in the middle of the night

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It could be a complaint. Or it could simply be a statement.
    [AmE - not a teacher]

    This is correct. I think you'd only know for sure (out of context) if the fact that was stated could imply a negative tone.

    She is criticizing the book we are reading. (“To criticize” sometimes has a negative connotation.)
    She is always criticizing books we read. (This shows she is complaining.)

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    Re: She is always doing laundry in the middle of the night

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Does this sentence have any complaining tone? My grammar books says if you use a present progessive with "always", it has the connotation of complaining or criticizing some acts that they hate to accept. Is it correct?
    There will be exceptions - there always are - but it is normally the case.

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    Re: She is always doing laundry in the middle of the night

    Andrea's always losing her keys.


    In this sentence, the use of always, normally associated by virtue of its meaning with the unmarked tense seems at first sight illogical. However, the use of the progressive form with a short action stresses the repetition of that action. The combination of the progressive and always tells us that this is a situation that actualises repeatedly, but because the duration of the whole series of losing is limited, it is not presented as a permanent state of affairs


    This combination is associated by some writers with some idea of the speaker's emotional attitude, but this will be made explicit not just by the words, but by the whole context of situation and the speaker's tone. It is not true to suggest that it always expresses the speaker's irritation; with change of tone of voice and facial expression, the person uttering this could express irritation, resignation, amusement or a number of other feelings. Here, as is almost always the case in English, it is context and other factors that express feelings, not simply the words. The combination can just as easily be used to express pleasure, as in:


    He's always buying me flowers.
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