Is there any difference between

she will always complain


she is always complaining

Does the first mean that it is bad habit that she always does in any time and does the second mean in some very precise occasions.

  • @AlanCarmack I think the question was initially about the difference between She always complains and She is always complaining.
    – V.V.
    Jun 5, 2016 at 17:49
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    – JavaLatte
    Jun 5, 2016 at 20:56
  • I am sorry, I must have misunderstood it.
    – V.V.
    Jun 6, 2016 at 3:48

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I would suggest that there is an implied difference between "will complain" (future tense) and "is complaining" (present tense).

The first implies a specific (perhaps avoidable) future event whereas the second one is her current state.

Don't leave the toilet seat up. She will complain about it. She's not complaining now and is not someone who necessarily complains a lot, but she will complain about that.


It doesn't matter if you leave the toilet seat up or not. She is always complaining. She is complaining about something right now and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Leaving the toilet seat up or down will not impact her complaining.

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    The first can also be used with conditionals to imply action taken after the conditional: "She will always complain if you give her warm water" (also works with the clauses reversed). I would also argue that in standard English "is always" implies habitual behavior, rather than simply the current state. Compare AAVE, where un-conjugated "be" is a habitual marker: "she always be complaining".
    – eijen
    Jul 5, 2016 at 21:07

will has many possible meanings, one of which is used when referring to something that always or usually happens

she will always complain

In this sense, it means exactly the same as

she is always complaining

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    It might be subtle difference, but "she will always complain" has a certain degree of speaker's expectation while "she is always complaining" just describes her disposition. I don't think they have the same meaning and they could always be used in the same context interchangeably. I would not use exactly.
    – user24743
    Jun 5, 2016 at 16:59
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    The first is a habitual action, the second shows irritation.
    – V.V.
    Jun 5, 2016 at 20:03

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