Why in the following example we can't (or maybe shouldn't) use the same adverb frequently instead of always in the second sentence that has the same meaning as the first?

I frequently lose my glasses.
I'm always losing my glasses.

  • "loss" is a noun, do u mean "frequently lose"? BTW, what do you want to imply?
    – Cardinal
    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:09
  • Why we can't say I'm losing my glasses frequently? There are many more similar examples in Oxford English Result that the author replace frequently with always when he wants to change the sentence to equivalent present continuous.
    – Dante
    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:16
  • I am not in the place to answer this question, but that structure "always+present progressive" is used to talk about our habits or to emphasize the characteristics
    – Cardinal
    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:19
  • @Cardinal - "U?" Really? Aug 25, 2016 at 7:20
  • 1
    @P.E.Dant... monosyllabic words like P and E, for example?
    – JavaLatte
    Aug 25, 2016 at 10:09

2 Answers 2


According to the Oxford Dictionary (meaning 1.3), we use a continuous tense with always when we want to talk about something that happens repeatedly and annoyingly.

Compare that with using always in the present simple (meaning 1.1) - at all times; on all occasions

I am always ready - At all times
I am always nervous when I have to speak before a large group of people - on all occasions

frequently is defined as regularly; habitually; often: we use it to talk about a number of separate instances that happen at regular intervals, and is only ever used with the a simple tense- as if we are talking about each instance separately.


If something frequently happens, simple tense must be used.

Therefore, 'frequently' is/can be used in the first sentence and not in the second one. Moreover, 'Always' should also not be used in the second sentence. In a nutshell, first sentence is correct, but not the second one.

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    (-1) Although I am a novice and leaner, I am sure that you are wrong.
    – Cardinal
    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:31
  • One of the uses of present continuous is describing something which happens frequently and is annoying.
    – Dante
    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:39
  • If credited as correct, this answer will frequently cause mistakes in grammar. This has frequently been the case. Aug 25, 2016 at 20:13

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