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adverb always pronunciation in American English /ˈɔlˌweɪz/
  1. 1
    on every occasion
    I always get the eight o’clock bus.
    My mother and I do not always agree.
    Starting a new job is always a little bit of a shock.
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  2. 2
    all the time
    Is he always this silly?
    There’s always a pen in my purse.
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  3. 3
    for all time in the past
    I’ve always liked Sarah.
    Has your grandmother always lived with you?
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    1. a.
      for all time in the future
      I will always think of you when I hear this song.
      There will always be a demand for English teachers.
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  4. 4
    used for saying that something happens often, especially when this annoys you
    He’s always forgetting my name.
    People from work were always calling her up at home.
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