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Can the use of the present progressive with the adverb still feel like an expression of annoyance or surprise? For example:

I started teaching three years ago, and I am still teaching.

If it conveys none of that, than what would be the difference between the original sentence and the following?

I started teaching three years ago, and I still teach.

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Annoyance and surprise are inferred from tone.

While the use of the present progressive with the adverb "still" can deliver the required tone, it is not a guarantee that the tone of annoyance or surprise is present. Other queues are necessary to validate that annoyance (or surprise) was being expressed.

For example, I'm still typing. And I assure you I'm not annoyed, or even surprised by my typing.

Now some might read annoyance into my statement, but that's a problem of communication, which is how a message is received. I can give hints (as I did with my assurance) and improve how my message is received; but, absent these hints, the reader will receive the message according to their past experiences and beliefs.

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