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    #1

    is always joking

    I was told the verb tense used in this sentence was correct and I find it hard to understand why.

    "Her brother is always joking and makes everybody laugh".
    I can't find an explanation for the use of the continuous aspect before for me "always" indicates repetition requiring thus Present Simple and I don't perceive it as an irritating situation either.
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: is always joking

    We can use Present Continuous to describe annoying actions, or habits. We use it when we want to highlight the fact that we don't like something.
    ...Jack is always snoring.
    ...Mary is always making fun of me!

    The sentences would be perfectly fine in Present Simple:
    ...Jack always snores.
    ...Mary always makes fun of me.
    However, when we use Present Simple we just state something without any personal attachement.

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    Re: is always joking

    Thank for your answer. My sentence though doesn't denote something annoying.
    It's meant to be a compliment "My brother is always joking and makes everybody laugh." Is it correct to use the continuous aspect here?

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    #4

    Re: is always joking

    I'd say no.

    P.S. Will you drop the book already? ;)

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    #5

    Re: is always joking

    Quote Originally Posted by swankydoo View Post

    P.S. Will you drop the book already? ;)
    What is this supposed to mean?

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    Re: is always joking

    Quote Originally Posted by mihallure View Post
    Thank for your answer. My sentence though doesn't denote something annoying.
    It's meant to be a compliment "My brother is always joking and makes everybody laugh." Is it correct to use the continuous aspect here?
    It's OK. It would be better as "My brother is always joking; he makes everybody laugh".
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 23-Feb-2014 at 21:34.

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    #7

    Re: is always joking

    How would you account for the use of Present Continuous here?

    (This book: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...-I-didn-t-hear)

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    #8

    Re: is always joking

    Yes, that's what I would also want to find out. I've never read in any grammar book about this use of the continuous aspect with the adverb "always".
    I've already dropped that book.:) I wrote in a previous thread about a English grammar book written by a Romanian and containing a lot of mistakes.

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    Re: is always joking

    Quote Originally Posted by mihallure View Post
    Yes, that's what I would also want to find out. I've never read in any grammar book about this use of the continuous aspect with the adverb "always".
    I've already dropped that book.:) I wrote in a previous thread about a English grammar book written by a Romanian and containing a lot of mistakes.
    "My brother is always singing", "My sister is always knitting", "My dog is always barking" etcetera.

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    Re: is always joking

    I'm really sorry for insisting but it's still hard for me to understand. I've searched in both Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries and some grammar books and I haven't found this use yet.
    I'm only familiar with the continuous aspect associated with "always" denoting annoying situations.
    I don't perceive "My brother is always singing" as being an irritating situation so I would use the simple aspect. I've always been told that for repetead actions (not annoying ones) we should use Present Simple.
    Thank you.

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