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    Are these sentences possible?

    1. He slept after eating breakfast.
    2. He goes to bed after eating dinner.


    I'm a little confused in the use of 'eating' here.

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    Default Re: Eating

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    Are these sentences possible?

    1. He slept after eating breakfast.
    2. He goes to bed after eating dinner.


    I'm a little confused in the use of 'eating' here.
    Yes, they are right. You can use that constructing generally "after V-ing"
    He slept after working hard.
    He left for work after brushing his teeth.
    He fell off the couch after drinking a whole bottle of whiskey.

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    Post Re: Eating

    eating like animals is very bad habit
    living without eating is impossible
    eating should not b aim of life
    excess of every thing eating is unhealthous...by yasir aftab

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    Default Re: Eating

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, they are right. You can use that constructing generally "after V-ing"
    He slept after working hard.
    He left for work after brushing his teeth.
    He fell off the couch after drinking a whole bottle of whiskey.
    I'm used to using "V-ing" in my sentences until I got confused when me and my student talked about the "past perfect tense".

    What's the difference then whis these:

    He slept after he had worked hard.
    He slept after working hard.

    * And how would you explain the latter in terms of teaching grammar?

    * "V-ing" as what you indicated above grammatical after the words "after/before". Is my understanding correct?

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    Default Re: Eating

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    I'm used to using "V-ing" in my sentences, but I got confused when my student and I talked about the "past perfect tense".

    What's the difference between these:

    He slept after he had worked hard.
    He slept after working hard.
    The second one is more likely to be a habitual behavior. Otherwise, absent context, it is impossible to tell any difference between the two.


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    Default Re: Eating

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    I'm used to using "V-ing" in my sentences until I got confused when me and my student talked about the "past perfect tense".

    What's the difference then whis these:

    He slept after he had worked hard.
    He slept after working hard.

    * And how would you explain the latter in terms of teaching grammar?
    "Working" is a gerund.

    * "V-ing" as what you indicated above grammatical after the words "after/before". Is my understanding correct?
    I'm not sure what you mean here. By "V-ing", I mean "eating, drinking, writing...", verb+ing.
    R.

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    Default Re: Eating

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    I'm used to using "V-ing" in my sentences until I got confused when me and my student talked about the "past perfect tense".

    What's the difference then whis these:

    He slept after he had worked hard.(after is conjunction)
    He slept after working hard.(after is preposition and so we must use noun after it. When we transform "he had worked hard" into noun form, it becomes "working hard".)
    * And how would you explain the latter in terms of teaching grammar?

    * "V-ing" as what you indicated above grammatical after the words "after/before". Is my understanding correct?
    Here is one preposition like that: "inspite of + noun" instead of although, though, even though.)
    Although I am ill, I can go to school.
    In spite of being ill, I can go to school.
    In spite of my illness, I can go to school.
    Hope that help you.

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    Default Re: Eating

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The second one is more likely to be a habitual behavior. Otherwise, absent context, it is impossible to tell any difference between the two.

    When asked about the tense of the verb(eating) in the second, what will it be? It isn't progressive, is it? A gerund? I don't think so.

    Please help me explain this. It makes me a little dizzy.

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