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    ways of showing immediate actions

    Is there any difference between the two ways of showing an immediate action that follows another?

    1.
    a. She got to the station to find that the train had left.
    b. She got to the station and found that the train had left.

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    a. The coach saw the kid play tennis to discover him
    b. The coach saw the kid play tennis and discovered him.

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    a. Owen grabbed the winner to send England into the semifinal.
    b. Owen grabbed the winner and sent England into the semifinal.


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    Re: ways of showing immediate actions

    a. The coach saw the kid play tennis to discover him
    b. The coach saw the kid play tennis and discovered him.

    In these pairs the first (a) is unclear.

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    #3

    Re: ways of showing immediate actions

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky6 View Post
    a. The coach saw the kid play tennis to discover him
    b. The coach saw the kid play tennis and discovered him.

    In these pairs the first (a) is unclear.
    In 1 and 3 are the pairs equivalent; is a. or b. more commonly used?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by retro; 07-Jun-2007 at 14:39.


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    Re: ways of showing immediate actions

    In 1 and 3 the statements are equivalent. If anything, I would say that #b is a bit more used than #a. Either would be fine.

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