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Is always listening vs always listens Options
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 9:46:06 AM
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The smiling girl is always listening.
The Girl Who Is Always Smiling
https://www.theodysseyonline.com/the-girl-who-is-always-smiling
Please explain the use of the present progressive "is always listening" vs the present simple "always listens".
I am really confused between the use of the present continuous and the present simple.
thar
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 11:19:23 AM

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work outwards from the progressive


she is smiling now
she is always smiling


the present simple is for repeated or habitual events, not an ongoing action
she always smiles when she sees her dog

that is a habit, a repeated action


she is always smiling
that is a progressive - whenever you see her, at that time she is always smiling. The timeframe varies but the action is progressive at that time.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 11:41:09 AM
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Thanks.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 11:44:04 AM
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Thanks.
She always lies
She is always lying.
What is the difference in meaning?
I want to understand the difference.

FounDit
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 1:51:58 PM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Thanks.
She always lies
She is always lying.
What is the difference in meaning?
I want to understand the difference.

It's the same as thar said above.
She always lies means she does it as a habit.
She is always lying means that's what she does whenever you meet her.

There may be a difference in the ideas we form when we hear these things as a native speaker. As I think about the two forms, this occurs to me.

For example: She always lies may bring to mind a mental image of her lying to someone.

But, She is always lying may bring to mind an image of her lying to you as you face her.

She walks across the street.
This is a simple statement that brings to mind the idea of her crossing the street as if you are an observer.

But, She is crossing the street, will often trigger the sensation of doing it yourself, what it feels like as if it were you. This may be added to the idea of her crossing the street.

In like fashion, She is smiling and She is always smiling may invoke similar sensations. The first may bring to mind a mental image of her smiling, while the second may invoke the sensation of smiling within yourself, or of her smiling at you.

Perhaps this isn't true for everyone, but it seems real enough to me to offer it as an explanation for the difference that is very subtle.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Friday, February 14, 2020 1:58:39 PM
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Excellent!
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