Present Simple or Present Continuous?

Read the two sentences below:

  1. Michela always arrives late for the lesson
  2. Michela is always arriving late for the lesson

Are they both correct? If yes, is there a difference in meaning?

Or is one of them wrong? If yes, which one and why?

Answers in the comments box below.

6 thoughts on “Present Simple or Present Continuous?

  1. This is a hard one even for native speakers! I would say that they are both possible:

    1. Means what it says: Michela always comes late (although this doesn’t have to be literally true!).
    2. Means roughly the same, but would probably only be used in a fairly specific context. eg Michela’s late again. Michela is always arriving late, it’s so annoying… In other words there is a feeling of annoyance/exasperation or alternatively something comical about it.

    So unless you are a very advanced student of English: I would stick with no. 1 🙂

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  2. I guess the first is correct – she ist always late.
    The second I think is wrong, because arriving is just a moment and not a continues happening.

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