When visiting the lunch buffet:

"I usually never take the spicy dressing"

When waiting for Tom:

"Tom usually always comes on time"

It seems like a bit of colloquial exaggeration - but is it correct?

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    In both of your example sentences, almost would be more idiomatic than usually. Mar 18, 2019 at 13:26
  • I think @CanadianYankee 's comment is the correct answer here - certainly more idiomatic
    – Smock
    Mar 18, 2019 at 16:58

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These are both contradictory statements. usually means “almost always but sometimes not”. Try

I don’t usually have the spicy dressing

Tom usually comes on time

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    Not sure why this was down-voted, as it seems a perfectly fine answer. The reason 'usually always' is not idiomatic (as Canadian Yankee said) is because it is a contradiction in terms. It makes no sense. That said, I'm sure there are native speakers who do say it.
    – fred2
    Mar 18, 2019 at 18:26

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