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    Habits - present continous vs present simple.

    I am trying to understand why we sometimes choose to use present continuous rather than present simple to describe an habitual or repeated action.Please have a look at the sentences below:

    She always smiles.

    She is always smiling.

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    Re: Habits - present continous vs present simple.

    The latter sentence expresses that the speaker is annoyed by her constant smiling (at least according to grammar books).

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    Re: Habits - present continous vs present simple.

    I also read that in a grammar book but I don't think that this is always the case.If someone were to say:

    Little Susie is so cute,she's always smiling.

    I wouldn't get the feeling that the speaker is annoyed by her constant smiling.

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    Re: Habits - present continous vs present simple.

    Quote Originally Posted by kobeobie View Post
    Little Susie is so cute,she's always smiling.
    Do (many) native speakers agree that this is a good sentence - as it is, with no further context, such as Little Susie is so cute,she's always smiling when I meet her?

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    Re: Habits - present continous vs present simple.

    Quote Originally Posted by miwalko View Post
    Do (many) native speakers agree that this is a good sentence - as it is, with no further context, such as Little Susie is so cute,she's always smiling when I meet her?
    I can't see anything wrong with the words. As far as the punctuation goes I would put either a dash or a full stop between "cute" and "She's".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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