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    trankhaihoan is offline Newbie
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    is it a gramatical sentence?

    My mother is in the kitchen cooking dinner(1)
    Is it a gramatical sentence?
    and what does it mean?
    I think it should be "My mother is in the kitchen to cook dinner"(2)

    and what is the difference between (1) and (2)?

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    Re: is it a gramatical sentence?

    The original is fine. She is cooking dinner. She is in the kitchen.

    Your version is grammatical, though not particularly natural. It sounds like you want to say that she is there specifically to cook, not to wash the dishes or reorganize the cabinets.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: is it a gramatical sentence?

    And to add to what Bard_D said, the second sentence doesn't mean that the mother is actually cooking dinner; just that her purpose in the kitchen is to do so. The first means that cooking dinner is what she is doing in the kitchen.

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    Re: is it a gramatical sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by trankhaihoan View Post
    My mother is in the kitchen cooking dinner(1)
    Is it a gramatical sentence?
    and what does it mean?
    I think it should be "My mother is in the kitchen to cook dinner"(2)

    and what is the difference between (1) and (2)?

    thank you very much
    have a nice day
    "cooking dinner" describes 'mother'; 'to cook dinner' modifies 'is'.

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    trankhaihoan is offline Newbie
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    Re: is it a gramatical sentence?

    thank you very much

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