One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he's always late’
every time, each time, at all times, all the time, on every occasion, on all occasions, consistently, invariably, without fail, without exception, regularly, repeatedly, habitually, unfailingly, infallibly, inevitably
never, seldom, sometimes
2‘she's always complaining’
continually, continuously, constantly, forever, repeatedly, perpetually, incessantly, ceaselessly, unceasingly, endlessly, interminably, eternally, the entire time, permanently
informal 24, 7
3‘the place will always be dear to me’
forever, permanently, for always, for good, for good and all, perpetually, ever, evermore, for evermore, for ever and ever, for all time, for all future time, until the end of time, eternally, for eternity, in perpetuity, everlastingly, endlessly
North American forevermore
informal for keeps, until hell freezes over, until the cows come home, until doomsday
archaic for aye
4‘you can always take it back to the shop’
as a last resort, whatever the circumstances, no matter what, in any event, in any case, come what may
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