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    #1

    all the time

    1) He watches football games all the time.
    2) He is watching football games all the time.
    3) He is been watching football games all the time.
    4) He is being watching football games all the time.

    Which one sounds better?
    3) seems incorrect to me but how about the others?

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    #2

    Re: all the time

    Have you studied forms of verbs yet?

    1) is the present simple tense.
    2) is the present continuous tense.

    What form do you think "is been watching" and "is being watching" are? Look carefully.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: all the time

    All these grammar terms, they're confusing me more than they would help, even in my mother language. I'm more into practice, not so much into theoretics.

    So, in this case 2) may be better because 'all the time' means a continous action, I guess?

    3) and 4) completely wrong?

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    #4

    Re: all the time

    Well, even if you don't like learning the theory, remember these two rules: We never use "... is/are been". We never use "is/are being" followed by "verb+ing". So yes, 3 and 4 are completely wrong.

    The best choice of the 4 is #1. The use of the present tense there suggests a habitual action. This is backed up by the use of "all the time". Of course, technically "all the time" means 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Obviously, he doesn't really watch football games (football matches in BrE) 24/7 but the speaker means that he does it a lot!

    And no, "all the time" doesn't require the present continuous. The present continuous is usually used when describing something that is ongoing right now.

    He is watching a football match at the moment.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: all the time

    And how about the situation when let's say a kid spites his sister and then she complains. "Stop doing that. Why are you annoying me all the time?"
    Can we use continuous tense then? Because I think I've heard something like that when I watched an American movie recently.

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    #6

    Re: all the time

    You might have heard it but, for me, "Why do you annoy me all the time?" or "Why do you insist on annoying me all the time?" are far more natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: all the time

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You might have heard it but, for me, "Why do you annoy me all the time?" or "Why do you insist on annoying me all the time?" are far more natural.
    Either of those phrases would be highly unnatural on the lips of an American kid. This would be good dialog for a film: ​Why are you always annoying me?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: all the time

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    "Stop doing that. Why are you annoying me all the time?"
    Can we use continuous tense then?
    Yes, you can.

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