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    will give VS give

    a)She'll give you a kiss while she's raving.
    b)She gives you a kiss while she's raving.

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    Which sentence is correct? Is the use of "while" appropriate?

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    #2

    Re: will give VS give

    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    a)She'll give you a kiss while she's raving.
    b)She gives you a kiss while she's raving.

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    Which sentence is correct? Is the use of "while" appropriate?
    They are both correct, but are in different tenses.

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    Re: will give VS give

    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    a)She'll give you a kiss while she's raving.
    b)She gives you a kiss while she's raving.
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    Which sentence is correct? Is the use of "while" appropriate?
    Hi

    Both sentences are correct, though the meaning is different.

    For sentence A, the words suggest that she will kiss you sometime in the future when she is "raving".

    For sentence B, the words suggest that in general she is likely to kiss you anytime she is "raving". This use of the simple present to denote a habitual action is very common.

    As for the conjunction "while", it's definitely suitable. "When" or "as" would also be good. However, if I changed the sentence slightly, only "when" or "as" would be good. For example:

    She jumps when / as the alarm starts.

    In this sentence, using "while" in place of "when" or "as" would be unusual. Do you know why?


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    Re: will give VS give

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They are both correct, but are in different tenses.
    It's supposed to be a rhyme, so:

    She plays straight, cuz she hates dating
    She'll give you a kiss while she's raving

    or

    She plays straight, cuz she hates dating
    She gives you a kiss while she's raving

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    Re: will give VS give

    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    It's supposed to be a rhyme, so:

    She plays straight, cuz she hates dating
    She'll give you a kiss while she's raving

    or

    She plays straight, cuz she hates dating
    She gives you a kiss while she's raving
    In songs and poetry everything is ok.


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    Re: will give VS give

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In songs and poetry everything is ok.
    But what is more usual according to you?

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    #7

    Re: will give VS give

    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    But what is more usual according to you?
    Well, it really depends on what you want to say in your song, but I would go for the first one.


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    Re: will give VS give

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Well, it really depends on what you want to say in your song, but I would go for the first one.
    I too, thanks.

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