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    how to paraphrase this simple sentense?

    HI there: could you paraphrase the following sentence for me please?
    He swam when the bell rang.
    generally speaking, simple past sentence introduce the activity as a whole, but i don't think the interpretation is right in this sentence. the swimming and the ringing of the bell cannot end at the same time in reality. any suggestion?
    thank you very much;

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    Re: how to paraphrase this simple sentense?

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    HI there: could you paraphrase the following sentence for me please?
    He swam when the bell rang.
    generally speaking, simple past sentence introduce the activity as a whole, but i don't think the interpretation is right in this sentence. the swimming and the ringing of the bell cannot end at the same time in reality. any suggestion?
    thank you very much;
    There is nothing wrong with it as it is, if you want it paraphrased, you could say: "When the bell rang he started swimming".

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    Re: how to paraphrase this simple sentense?

    Shouldn't it be:

    He was swimming when the bell rang.

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    Re: how to paraphrase this simple sentense?

    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    Shouldn't it be:

    He was swimming when the bell rang.
    No, it shouldn't.

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