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xs.

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italy
He's always complain about everything!
He always complains about everything!

What is the correct one??? I'd say the second,but the key answer says the first,why?
I found them in an exercise book...
thanks in advance
 
  • sommerfugl01

    Member
    Spanish and English, Puerto Rico and U.S
    Second one

    He always complains about everything

    Other:He´s always complaining about everything.
     

    Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    Hi xs,

    He's always complain about everything!
    He always complains about everything!

    I'm afraid your exercise book is incorrect. Only the second one is correct; however, you could correct the first one in this way: He's always complaining about everything.
     

    xs.

    Senior Member
    italy
    He's always complaining (it was my mistake) about everything!
    He always complains about everything!

    The question is still open!
    What is the correct one??? I'd say the second,but the key answer says the first,why?
    I found them in an exercise book...
    thanks in advance
     

    xs.

    Senior Member
    italy
    HI JOELLINE,
    the book uses the progressive form,I don't think it is correct...
    Hi xs,

    He's always complain about everything!
    He always complains about everything!

    I'm afraid your exercise book is incorrect. Only the second one is correct; however, you could correct the first one in this way: He's always complaining about everything.
     

    JamesM

    Senior Member
    He's always complaining about everything! :tick:
    He always complains about everything! :tick:

    Both are correct. They are almost interchangeable to me, although I would use the first to describe a character trait, whereas I would use the second to respond to a specific incident:

    Example of second sentence:

    A: "He hates the food I chose to serve this evening. I don't know what to do!"

    B: "Don't worry. He always complains about everything."

    Example of first sentence:

    A: "What is your reason for not wishing to work with Mr. Smith anymore?"
    B: "He has such a sour attitude. He's always complaining about everything."


    It may just be a personal preference regarding when each variant is used.
     

    Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    He's always complaining about everything!
    He always complains about everything!

    What is the correct one??? I'd say the second,but the key answer says the first,why?
    I found them in an exercise book...
    thanks in advance
    I don't have a grammatical reason for saying this but I'm leaning toward the first sentence. When I break the sentences down, the first just makes more sense to my instinct ie:

    First Person: "He's always complaining!"
    Second Person: "About what?"
    First Person: "About everything!"

    OR

    First Person: "He always complains!"
    Second Person: "About what?"
    First Person: "About everything!"

    To change the example slightly:

    First Person: "He's always talking!"
    Second Person: "About what?"
    First Person: "About everything"

    OR

    First Person: "He always talks"
    Second Person: "About what?"
    First Person: "About everything"

    Somehow, the second sentence structure doesn't sound right to my ear. Anyone else?
     
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