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    I have two sentences what is the right one?

    1)as soon as he realized the danger he was braking
    2)as soon as he realized the danger he braked.

    why?

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    Without proper capitalization and punctuation, both are incorrect.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    I want to know when I can use past simple or past continous.please help me!!
    Last edited by pasquale123; 19-Feb-2014 at 09:47.

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    May I say "He braked as soon as he realized the danger"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasquale123 View Post
    I have two sentences what is the right one?

    1)as soon as he realized the danger he was braking
    2)as soon as he realized the danger he braked.

    why?
    Number 1 is not natural. Number 2 works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasquale123 View Post
    I want to know when I can use past simple or past continous.please help me!!
    "As soon as he realized the danger, he braked."
    "When he realized the danger, he was listening to the radio."

    Not a teacher.

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    "He hit the brakes" would be natural.

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    Please note that a better title should be "as soon as he realized the danger he braked", because thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.
    Read more at http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/an...k1sEFRXWKou.99

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasquale123 View Post
    I have two sentences what is the right one?

    1)as soon as he realized the danger he was braking
    2)as soon as he realized the danger he braked.

    why?
    Welcome to the forums.

    Please use proper capitalization and punctuation in your posts.

    You have already ignored this once in this thread. If you ignore it in the future, you may find that your posts are ignored.

    We certainly don't expect people to be perfect, but we do expect them to try, and using capital letters and punctuation shows you are trying.
    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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