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 comments

  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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    1. Very well explained Paul. Nothing for me to add!

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  2. Silke from the class last year · · Reply

    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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    1. Hi Silke. Actually both are correct. In brief:
      ALWAYS + Present Simple => fact
      ALWAYS + Present Continuous => fact + criticism

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  3. I think we can use both but I am not sure if there is a difference in meaning.
    Is the second sentense meaning eventually and the first ‘100%’ ?

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    1. You are right, both are possible. In brief:
      ALWAYS + Present Simple => fact
      ALWAYS + Present Continuous => fact + criticism

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