Often vs Be + Always + (Verb)ing

  1. We often go there.
  2. We are always going there.

What is the difference in meaning between sentences (1) and (2)?

Thanks in advance.

1 is in the simple present tense, and 2 is in the present continuous tense.

Does ‘we are always going there’ also mean ‘we often go there’? My grammar book says that if ‘always do’ is replaced by ‘be always doing’, it means ‘usually’.

My grammar book says it too.

The word ‘always’ is often used with the present continuous to complain about or criticize something, and/or to say that the speaker thinks something happens excessively often. For example:

  • My neighbors are always making noise in the middle of the night. It’s difficult for me to get a good night’s sleep.

  • I’m always waiting for you! Can’t you try a little harder to be on time?

  • My husband is always working. I barely see him anymore. By the time he gets home, I’m usually already asleep.

  • She’s always talking about saving the environment, but she doesn’t recycle anything!

  • We are always going there, and I’m sick of it! Can’t we go somewhere different for a change?
    [size=75]“I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.” ~ Lily Tomlin[/size]