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I'm always vs I've always been

 
 
Nat093
 
Reply Sat 18 Apr, 2015 01:52 pm
Hi everyone. I'll give you two examples and tell me please which structure is more commonly used when talking about our characteristics.
1) I'm always determined, honest etc.
2) I've always been determined, honest etc.

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contrex
 
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Reply Sat 18 Apr, 2015 02:04 pm
Both equally, I would say. It depends what you wish to emphasise: past record or present performance.
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argome321
 
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Reply Sat 18 Apr, 2015 02:10 pm
@Nat093,
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1) I'm always determined, honest etc.


1 Seems steadfast and permanent.

Quote:
2) I've always been determined, honest etc.


2 Seems not as steadfast. There's a possibility that you can change or not being determined and honest at this point. Leaves a lot open to interpretation
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contrex
 
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Reply Sat 18 Apr, 2015 02:30 pm
If you are applying for a job, it is better to be able to show that you have consistently been hard working and careful, giving examples, than just to say that you are those things.
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