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al·ways(ôl′wāz, -wĭz, -wēz)
al•ways(ˈɔl weɪz, -wiz)
If something always happens, it happens at all times. If it has always happened, or will always happen, it has happened forever or will happen forever.
When always has one of these meanings, it is used with a simple form of a verb.
If there is no auxiliary verb, always goes in front of the verb, unless the verb is be.
If the verb is be, you usually put always after it.
If there is an auxiliary verb, you usually put always after it.
If there is more than one auxiliary verb, you usually put always after the first one.
When you use always with this meaning, don't use it with a verb in a progressive form. Don't say, for example, 'Talking to Harold was always cheering her up'.
If you say that something is always happening, you mean that it happens often. When you use always like this, you use it with a progressive form of a verb.
Don't use 'always' in comparisons, negative sentences, or questions to mean 'at any time in the past' or 'at any time in the future'. Instead you use ever. For example, don't say 'They got on better than always before'. You say 'They got on better than ever before'.
|Adv.||1.||always - at all times; all the time and on every occasion; "I will always be there to help you"; "always arrives on time"; "there is always some pollution in the air"; "ever hoping to strike it rich"; "ever busy"|
|2.||always - without variation or change, in every case; "constantly kind and gracious"; "he always arrives on time"|
|3.||always - without interruption; "the world is constantly changing"|
|4.||always - at any time or in any event; "you can always resign if you don't like it"; "you could always take a day off"|
|5.||always - forever; throughout all time; "we will always be friends"; "I shall treasure it always"; "I will always love you"|
habitually hardly, rarely, seldom, once in a while, infrequently, on rare occasions, once in a blue moon, hardly ever, only now and then, scarcely ever