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Beginner question

They don’t get on well. They: (are always arguing) or (always argue)
The exercises key says the correct answer is (are always arguing)
My question is why is (always argue) incorrect ?

Best Answer

  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭
    Accepted Answer

    @ShowMoiDwae, I don't think they always argue is incorrect.
    But I do think sounds more natural as the second sentence in
    They don't get on well. They're always arguing.

    The problem is the word always.

    • In They always argue the word is used literally meaning 'every time'.
      But then what does every mean?
      It would be OK if you specified some relevant times:
      They always argue when they meet.
      They go to the club on Wednesdays and they always argue.

    • In They're always arguing the word is an exaggeration meaning 'very very often'.

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