• "We have been practicing twice a week since the beginning of this season and that has really made a difference. Now, some of the guys say that’s not necessary because we always win. "

Can I use here Present Continuous?: "...because we are always winning." (as I know, I can use it with "always" not only for constantly happening irritating actions, but also for something unexpected, which happens several times. Am I right?)

  • please give an example, how you want to use present continuous
    – virolino
    Commented Feb 18, 2019 at 12:26
  • "because we are always winning." Commented Feb 18, 2019 at 12:52

1 Answer 1


In this context, "we are always winning" is not the best choice. Exactly as you say, it would express the idea that winning would be an irritation, something undesirable. Maybe there is some irritation about practicing, but to express that, another sentence has to be built.

Therefore, "we always win" is the right form.

Regarding "unexpected" you are right only if it generates a negative feeling. It would be unnatural to say:

I am always finding money in my pockets!

In this case, finding the money is unexpected (repeatedly), but with a conflict:

  • irritation (I am always finding)

  • joy, satisfaction (money in the pockets).

Of course, I assume that actually everybody will be happy to find money in the pockets (or anywhere else for that matter).

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