Can one use present continuous to describe tendencies, such as:

Oh this word? It's not being actively used these days anymore.

This sounds good to me, but I can't find a grammar rule to support this.


Will people understand that? Yes, but people would generally say or write:

Oh, this word? It's not used anymore.

In your sentence, the adverb "actively" is extraneous. Is there a way for a word to be inactively used? No, there isn't. Also, "anymore" already expresses what "these days" expresses, which makes "these days" redundant.

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    +1 I agree for the sentence in question, but the present continuous is still used quite regularly in regards to tendency. For example, "Nobody is playing that game anymore." – Lumberjack Aug 24 '18 at 20:02

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