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    While

    Hello,
    I know while can often be troublesome.
    In most cases I don't know which tense I have to use.

    For example:
    I drive a car and someone is asking me questions and I say:
    Please don't ask questions all the time while I'm driving.
    Please don't ask questions all the time while I drive.


    I always thought that while must automatically be used with the "Gerund".
    While I'm driving, I'm not drinking.
    instead of
    While I drive, I don't drink.

    However, I remember that it's also important how long 2 processes take.
    While I was sleeping, the power failure happened.
    (Sleeping = long process; power failure = very short process.)
    But this could probably be a completely different story than the other sentences I wrote.

    Maybe some of you can write a couple of sentences which describe the correct usage of while.
    Would be very nice because I often want to use while.

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: While

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I know while can often be troublesome.
    In most cases I don't know which tense I have to use.

    For example:
    I drive a car and someone is asking me questions and I say:
    Please don't ask questions all the time while I'm driving.
    Please don't ask questions all the time while I drive.


    I always thought that while must automatically be used with the "Gerund".
    While I'm driving, I'm not drinking.
    instead of
    While I drive, I don't drink.

    However, I remember that it's also important how long 2 processes take.
    While I was sleeping, the power failure happened.
    (Sleeping = long process; power failure = very short process.)
    But this could probably be a completely different story than the other sentences I wrote.

    Maybe some of you can write a couple of sentences which describe the correct usage of while.
    Would be very nice because I often want to use while.

    Cheers!
    "While" indicates a duration of time and should be used with the continuous form.

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