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    have a nap

    Dear Teachers,

    My dog has a strange habit,
    when we, or one of us start having a nap in the afternoon he goes out to the bathroom and is sleeping there.

    I'd like to express, that during having a nap he's doing the same, but in the bathroom. Is the using of present continuous correct in the above sentence? I think there are two parallel continuous actions, having a nap and sleeping.

    Thank you,
    Gabor

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    Re: have a nap

    It's good that you are trying to make your verb tenses agree. A couple of suggestions to offer:
    1. We (NA) don't have a nap, we take a nap.
    2. To say "we start taking a nap" indicates that we implement the practice of taking a nap- we decide that we will take a nap every day at the same time. If you mean to talk about one particular nap (as clearly you are), then write it in a different way:

    'When one or more of us starts a nap in the afternoon, he goes out to the bathroom and sleeps there.' OR

    "When we take an afternoon nap, he will go out to the bathroom and sleep there.'

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    Re: have a nap

    Thank you for your help. English is sometimes difficult:)

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    #4

    Re: have a nap

    "Have a nap" is fine in BrE.

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