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    Which of these sentences is correct:
    1-I'll be in England when you watch this film.
    2-I'll be in England when you are watching this film.
    Does 1 imply "when you have finished watching this film", or not necessarily?

    (Let's say I have taped a film and then left for England and I have arranged for my friends to see the film when I am in England. I say the words on the film.)

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    Which of these sentences is correct:
    1-I'll be in England when you watch this film.
    2-I'll be in England when you are watching this film.
    Does 1 imply "when you have finished watching this film", or not necessarily?
    I think the meaning is "while you are watching this film" (which is how I would write sentence 2).

    1-I'll be in England when you watch this film.
    I'll be in England at the time that you watch this film.

    2-I'll be in England when you are watching this film.
    At the time you are watching this film I will be in England.

    or

    When you watch this film I will be in England.

    or

    I'll be in England while you are watching this film.

    Does 1 imply "when you have finished watching this film", or not necessarily?
    No. That (being finished) could be any time at all.

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    No- it implies the act of vieing, but witgout regard to time. Maybe the person hasn't got round to watching it.

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    Thanks RonBee and TDOL.
    Another question:
    Doesn't this sentence:
    "I'll be in England while you are watching this film."
    give one the impression that I won't stay in England long after you have finished watching the film?

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    Doesn't this sentence:
    "I'll be in England while you are watching this film."
    give one the impression that I won't stay in England long after you have finished watching the film?
    It doesn't say anything about what is going to happen after the individual is finished viewing the film. If it leaves that impression it is not in the words.

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    Not necessarily; it could if the context indicated it. Imahgine you have tickets for a film premiere next week and Ron's coming over to England for a fortnight. He could say that sentence and saty for a couple of weeks after you had finished watching the film.

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