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    simple present + present continuous in the same sentence

    Hi,

    I know that a sentence can include both simple past tense and simple present tense.
    Eg,
    I was the leader, because I am good at leading.

    In a sentence, is it possible to include both "simple present" and "present continuous"?
    Eg,
    I am looking for a job, and want to earn money.

    In your opinion, is it a sign of having bad writing skill?


    Thanks

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    Re: simple present + present continuous in the same sentence

    Hello uktous

    Below, the word leading is a noun, a gerund, and not part of the present continuous:


    • I was the leader, because I am good at leading.
        • I am good at <something>.

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    Re: simple present + present continuous in the same sentence

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    Hello uktous

    Below, the word leading is a noun, a gerund, and not part of the present continuous:


    • I was the leader, because I am good at leading.

        • I am good at <something>.


    Hi,

    In a sentence, is it possible to include both "simple present" and "present continuous"?
    Eg,
    I am looking for a job, and want to earn money.

    Thanks

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    Re: simple present + present continuous in the same sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    In a sentence, is it possible to include both "simple present" and "present continuous"?
    Eg,
    I am looking for a job, and want to earn money.

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    Yes, it's possible, but notice that the conjunction and makes it two sentences, not one; moreover, the ideas are connected so try because:

    • I am looking for a job because I want to earn money.

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    Re: simple present + present continuous in the same sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Yes, it's possible, but notice that the conjunction and makes it two sentences, not one; moreover, the ideas are connected so try because:

    • I am looking for a job because I want to earn money.
    Hi,

    Do you think using "and" is wrong?

    I am looking for a job, and want to earn money.



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    Re: simple present + present continuous in the same sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Do you think using "and" is wrong?

    I am looking for a job, and want to earn money.



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    No. It's fine if you want it to mean I am looking for a job, and not just any job but one that pays a lot of money.

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    Question Re: simple present + present continuous in the same sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    No. It's fine if you want it to mean I am looking for a job, and not just any job but one that pays a lot of money.
    Hello Soup,

    One question about the uktous' sentence. He or she has written "I am looking for a job, and want to earn money" but I belive he has forgotten the subject in the second part of the phrase.

    I am not sure but the conjunction 'and' implies two sentence
    s and naturally two subjects.

    Can you tell me your mind about that.

    Thanks.

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    Re: simple present + present continuous in the same sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hello Soup,

    One question about the uktous' sentence. He or she has written "I am looking for a job, and want to earn money" but I belive he has forgotten the subject in the second part of the phrase.

    I am not sure but the conjunction 'and' implies two sentence
    s and naturally two subjects.

    Can you tell me your mind about that.

    Thanks.
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    The subjects are the same, which is why the second one is often omitted.

    The comma is the real issue here, whether to add it or omit it. Omitting it would make the sentences flow better, depending of course on the speaker's intended meaning, whereas adding it turns the second clause into an afterthought that defines the kind of job--one that earns real/a lot of money.

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    Question Re: simple present + present continuous in the same sentence

    Hi again Soup,

    If I follow you in this way, in English, people often oviate to repeat the subject because it is already used in the biginning of the sentence.

    Is it the same in writting and speaking English?

    Thanks for the correction.

    See you later.

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    Re: simple present + present continuous in the same sentence

    Hi

    There are different writing genres, so the rules will of course vary here and there as well as from writer to writer. As for speaking, omitting the subject is common as it saves time and energy.

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    If I follow you in this way, in English, people often oviate (?) to repeat the subject because it is already used in at the beginning of the sentence.

    Is it the same in writing and speaking English?

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