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    hello everyone , i have a question about tenses , is it correct to say:when John was playing cards , his brother was doing his home work
    is it correct to say was doing , if not why ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saddouda View Post
    hello everyone , i have a question about tenses , is it correct to say:when John was playing cards , his brother was doing his home work
    is it correct to say was doing , if not why ?
    Yes, it is. But it's better to use "While John was playing cards, ..."
    "When" means "At the time .."
    "While" means "During the time ..." which is more appropriate here.

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    so you're saying that there is nothing wrong with using the verb"to do " in a progressive tense , i though it is like one of those verbs "to have " to undrestand"... can't be put in the progressive tenses

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    "Doing" can certainly be progressive.

    I am doing laundry.
    He was doing his homework.
    At this time tomorrow, I will be doing the dishes.

    (Remember that proper English does require the use of capital letters.)
    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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