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    Unhappy the usage of "when"

    Dear all,

    Here are two sentences

    1. I dreamed of you when you were taking a nap.

    2. I was dreaming of you when you took a nap.

    are these sentences correct? what is the difference between them?

    How to use the correct tense?

    Thanks.


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    Re: the usage of "when"

    Quote Originally Posted by blackmomoko View Post
    Dear all,

    Here are two sentences

    1. I dreamed of you when you were taking a nap.

    2. I was dreaming of you when you took a nap.

    are these sentences correct? what is the difference between them?

    How to use the correct tense?

    Thanks.
    Do you mean "I" instead of the underlined "you's", BM?


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    Re: the usage of "when"

    I mean the tense of the sentence.

    could you answer me?


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    Re: the usage of "when"

    Quote Originally Posted by blackmomoko View Post
    I mean the tense of the sentence.

    could you answer me?
    There's nothing wrong with the tenses, BM, but,

    1. I dreamed of you when you were taking a nap.

    2. I was dreaming of you when you took a nap.

    it seems a little odd that "I" was doing the dreaming when "you" was tasking the nap.

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    Re: the usage of "when"

    Quote Originally Posted by blackmomoko View Post
    Dear all,

    Here are two sentences

    1. I dreamed of you when you were taking a nap.

    2. I was dreaming of you when you took a nap.

    are these sentences correct? what is the difference between them?

    How to use the correct tense?

    Thanks.

    I am not a professional teacher. That said, I find nothing grammatically incorrect about either statement. Both are, however, very hard to understand. The only way I could make sense of them was to take them as meaning this: "I was dreaming, and in my dream you were having a nap." I can't make sense of it otherwise since if I am dreaming I must be asleep and if I'm asleep I cannot know what you are doing.

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