Please consider these examples:

  • The flower seller was in his usual place.
  • I’ll put the keys in the usual place.

In my sentences, we say usual place, meaning that something or someone is usually (not always) in; but what about the permanent situation. In other words, what shall I say when I want to say "the flower seller" or "the keys" are always there? What adjective do you normally use in that sense?

  • You could use "invariable" in this sense, but it is rather literary. – Colin Fine Jun 17 '19 at 9:54

I am not sure I know an adjective that could easily be substituted directly into the sentences you give. However here is how I would phrase such a sentence:

Since "usual" is an adjective, while "always" is an adverb you would have to add an additional verb for always to modify:

The flower seller was where he always was

I will put the keys where they always go

These sort of change the connotation by a lot. They make the text less neutral, and have more of an annoyed tone. At the very least they are more emotional then the original sentences.

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