The phrase "keep bugging" is usually used to describe "when somebody is bothering or annoying someone". But what if it's not somebody but something that does that?

  • That idea I told you of keeps bugging me in my sleep.
  • The sound of the generator keeps bugging me every night.
  • This memory keeps constantly bugging me every day.

Can we use it that way?

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Yes, inanimate objects and incorporeal ideas can "bug you". The first and third examples you give sound great.

The second doesn't, though, because things don't "bug", they "bug something"; bug is a transitive verb. You can say, "the sound of the generator keeps bugging me every night."

  • Sorry, the omission of "me" wasn't done on purpose. Nov 8, 2017 at 8:44
  • Oh, in that case all three sound great. :)
    – Matt
    Nov 8, 2017 at 9:31

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