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I sometimes hear people, even native English speakers, say "usually never" and I wonder if that's OK or poor style, because these two words clearly contradict each other. "Never" means "never", like "not once in 1000 years", while "usually" means something like "often but not necessarily always".
So, I'd like to know what teachers think about this.
Would it be better to say "almost never" instead?
 

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No. I don't think it's sloppy or a slip of the tongue. "Usually never" means it is never but not all the time. E.g I ususally never stay up past midnight. That means I never stay up past midnight with some exceptions.
 
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