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    Default question about the use of when

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    Please take a look at the following two sentence.

    John is checking out at the counter when he decide to take a s**t.

    When John is checking out at the counter, he decide to take a s**t.

    Which sentence is correct in grammar? If the both are correct in grammar, do they convey the same meaning"
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    Default Re: question about the use of when

    Quote Originally Posted by notatall123 View Post
    Teachers
    Please take a look at the following two sentence.

    John is checking out at the counter when he decide to take a sh*t.

    When John is checking out at the counter, he decide to take a sh*t.

    Which sentence is correct in grammar? If the both are correct in grammar, do they convey the same meaning"
    I'm not sure where to start. Neither of them really makes any sense.

    I have asterisked the somewhat offensive word in your post. Please remember to do so in future.

    I have no idea if you wanted the second half of the sentence to be in the present or the past tense, but "he decide" is incorrect no matter what.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: question about the use of when

    Quote Originally Posted by notatall123 View Post
    John is checking out at the counter when he decide to take a s**t.

    When John is checking out at the counter, he decide to take a s**t.

    Which sentence is correct in grammar? If the both are correct in grammar, do they convey the same meaning"
    Frankly, notatall, the situation you have presented is so unlikely that it is not worth wasting time on.

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    Default Re: question about the use of when

    Agreed.

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    Default Re: question about the use of when

    If you are looking for help with time sequences, I can helpl you think of some more likely examples.

    Tom is playing golf when he remembers it's his wedding anniverary.
    Tom was playing golf when he remembered it's his wedding anniversary.
    Every time Tom cuts onions, he cries.
    Tom was cutting onions when he started to cry.

    But if you're just playing a game with us to see if you can slip in offensive words in unlikely scenarios to see if we'll respond, you won this round, but it will be your last.
    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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