“Don't you hate how he's always interrupting people?”

English Lesson: Don't you hate how he's always interrupting people?

Your friend has a new boyfriend, but you're not sure that you like him. Talking with another friend, you ask her if she's noticed one of his annoying habits.

Don't you hate how he's always interrupting people?

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Don't you hate how (something happens)?

This is a way to talk about something that's annoying to both you and the person you're talking to. For example:

Don't you hate how he's always interrupting people?

The word "hate" sometimes describes a really strong emotion, but in this case it doesn't sound that strong.

There's another form that you can also use: "Don't you hate it when (something happens)?"

Don't you hate it when you say something sarcastically and people think you're serious about it?

This version is for things that happen more rarely.

interrupt (someone)

To "interrupt" someone is to make them stop doing what they are doing. You can interrupt people while they are:

  • talking to someone (interrupt someone's conversation)
  • thinking about something (interrupt someone's train of thought)
  • writing something (interrupt someone while they're writing)
  • watching TV (interrupt someone's show)

You usually follow the word "interrupt" by telling who you're interrupting:

Sorry for interrupting you.

But you can also leave it on its own:

I hate to interrupt, but can I speak to you privately for a minute?

(someone) is always (doing something)

Say that someone "is always ___ing" when a person does something often, and you think it's too much.

He's always texting me and asking me to go out with him. Gross!

They're always asking me to join the team, but I've got absolutely no interest in playing softball.