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  1. #1
    imany Guest

    simple & Continuous

    Hi

    I am actually confused when to use the following tenses, while I am talking.

    examples:

    1-I eat an apple (is this mean any time during today?)
    2-I am eating an apple ( is this mean at this time(now)?)
    3-I ate an apple (is this mean yesterday or any time on the past?)
    4-I was eating an apple (i dont know when i have to use it?)


    Thanks

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    John D Guest

    Simple and continuous.

    Hi, imany :) .
    First let me state I am not a qualified teacher.
    If I am treading on any toes here please say so and I will bow out gracefuly.

    You are correct with your knowledge of when to use the first three examples.

    Your last example is used when you were eating an apple whilst something else was happening. e.g.

    I was eating an apple when I saw a large green worm crawl over my fingers.

    During class I was eating an apple when the teacher threw a large piece of wood at me (chair) to show his displeasure at my actions.

    The term you use - is this mean - should read....does this mean.

    Hope this helps .

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    Re: Simple and continuous.

    Quote Originally Posted by John D
    First let me state I am not a qualified teacher.
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    Personally, I am very please you have joined us and contributed so much already. One does not need to be qualified to offer advice. You will probably be corrected at times by other members here as well, just as they might be corrected.

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    In John's examples (
    I was eating an apple when I saw a large green worm crawl over my fingers.

    During class I was eating an apple when the teacher threw a large piece of wood at me (chair) to show his displeasure at my actions.
    ) the continuous form (was eating) describes the longer action that was interrupted by a shorter one. :D

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    imany Guest
    Thanks it became clear to me


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    You're welcome. It can also be used for two long actions happening at the same time:
    While you were sitting around watching TV, I was working!
    :P

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    imany Guest
    Hi John D

    Thanks

    but i need to know the meaning of two expressions you used in your reply

    1- let me state : (is it means let me say?)

    2-bow out ; i dont know the meaning of this word

    thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by imany

    1- let me state : (is it means let me say?- YES)

    2-bow out ; i dont know the meaning of this word- If you bow out of something, you leave it, like an argument or a conversation.
    :D

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