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    Please how translate this:-as we were driving around the park
    - we were going past some dogs
    - as we drove past they


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    As we were driving round the park [WE are in a car or a carriage], and are driving along a road that borders the outside of a park, we went past some dogs - there was a group of dogs on the sidewalk and we drove past them on the road. As we drove past, they all started barking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madhava View Post
    Please how translate this:-as we were driving around the park
    - we were going past some dogs
    - as we drove past they them


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    Hi Madhava,


    You could use either:
    1. As we were driving around the park, we were going past some dogs.
    2. As we were driving around the park, we drove past them (some dogs).
    In 1. above, you use the present progressive tense twice, and thus it has the ring of redundancy, since the present progressive is already implied by the phrase "As we were driving ...". Such redundancy would not be considered wrong -- if the speaker or writer wished to emphasize the present progressive act of "going past some dogs".

    Without such intended emphasis, you would be more apt to hear #2. above.

    You might also consider:
    As we were driving around the park, we past them (the dogs).
    Here, you also get rid of the redundant "driving ... drove ..."

    One further construction for consideration:
    As we past them, we continued driving around the park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monticello View Post
    Hi Madhava,


    You could use either:
    1. As we were driving around the park, we were going past some dogs.
    2. As we were driving around the park, we drove past them (some dogs).

    In 1. above, you use the present progressive tense twice, and thus it has the ring of redundancy, since the present progressive is already implied by the phrase "As we were driving ...". Such redundancy would not be considered wrong -- if the speaker or writer wished to emphasize the present progressive act of "going past some dogs".

    Without such intended emphasis, you would be more apt to hear #2. above.

    You might also consider:
    As we were driving around the park, we passed them (the dogs).
    Here, you also get rid of the redundant "driving ... drove ..."

    One further construction for consideration:
    As we passed them, we continued driving around the park.
    ..

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    Hi Anglika,

    Any reason for the quote without comment?

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    Hi Anglika,

    I see it now. Thanks for the correction!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monticello View Post
    Hi Anglika,

    I see it now. Thanks for the correction!
    You're welcome. I missed the same error in my own interpretation

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    How embarrassing it can be when your eyes look passed past the obvious!

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