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    Anonymous Guest

    use of while

    Hi,
    I have a problem with the next sentence:

    While I am lying on the sofa, my mother is preparing dinner.

    Is the use of WHILE correct in combination with a present continuous?

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    Natalie27 Guest

    Re: use of while

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Hi,
    I have a problem with the next sentence:

    While I am lying on the sofa, my mother is preparing dinner.

    Is the use of WHILE correct in combination with a present continuous?
    The sentence sounds good to me! I don't see anything wrong with it. Two things are happening at the same time = you're lying on the couch and your mother is cooking.

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    Re: use of while

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Hi,
    I have a problem with the next sentence:

    While I am lying on the sofa, my mother is preparing dinner.

    Is the use of WHILE correct in combination with a present continuous?
    As a subordinating conjunction 'while' means whereas and is used to show direct opposition,

    While: Subordinating Conjunction
    EX: Whereas I am lying on the sofa, my mother is preparing dinner.
    EX: My mother is preparing dinner,whereas I am lying on the sofa.

    As a coordinating conjunction, 'while' and 'as' mean during that time and when used with the continuious/progressive are generally used with the past continuous because the meaning of 'during that time' indicates a past action in progess,

    While: Coordinating Conjunction
    EX: While I was lying on the sofa, my mother was preparing dinner.
    EX: My mother was preparing dinner while I was lying on the sofa.

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