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    while doing or while have

    1)"While he's having his breakfast, I will be reading the newspaper."

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    2)"While he has his breakfast, I will read the newspaper."

    Which one is more frequently used? Which one would you stick with?

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    #2

    Re: while doing or while have

    I'd use #2.

    I cannot comment on the frequency of use as I've never heard anybody say either one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    1)"While he's having his breakfast, I will be reading the newspaper."

    OR

    2)"While he has his breakfast, I will read the newspaper."

    Which one is more frequently used? Which one would you stick with?
    In accordance to my understanding of the Sequence of Tenses both are not grammatically correct ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    /A learner/
    In accordance to my understanding of the Sequence of Tenses both are not grammatically correct ones.
    Both are grammatically correct.

    1)"While he's having his breakfast, I will be reading the newspaper."

    These two future actions are presented as having some duration.

    2)"While he has his breakfast, I will read the newspaper."

    No attention is drawn to the duration.

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    Re: while doing or while have

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    /A learner/


    In accordance to my understanding of the Sequence of Tenses both are not grammatically correct ones.
    Why would you say it's incorrect? The Present Progressive can be used to talk about an action in the Future. Did you read that in a grammar text book that these sentences are incorrect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Both are grammatically correct.

    1)"While he's having his breakfast, I will be reading the newspaper."

    These two future actions are presented as having some duration.

    2)"While he has his breakfast, I will read the newspaper."

    No attention is drawn to the duration.
    If I use the present continuous tense for a future action I add a definite adverb of time so as to point to when it is going to happen.
    I am having my breakfast tonight around 8 o'clock.

    While I will be having my breakfast you will be reading the newspaper.
    These two actions will be going on in parallel in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    If I use the present continuous tense for a future action I add a definite adverb of time so as to point to when it is going to happen.
    I am having my breakfast tonight around 8 o'clock.

    While I will be having my breakfast you will be reading the newspaper
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    These two actions will be going on in parallel in the future.
    Ostap's "While he's having his breakfast, I will be reading the newspaper" is far more likely than yours (underlined) .We normally use a present tense, simple or continuous, after a time cojunction referring to the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Ostap's "While he's having his breakfast, I will be reading the newspaper" is far more likely than yours (underlined) .We normally use a present tense, simple or continuous, after a time cojunction referring to the future.
    Do you mean this

    After I've come home I'll have a supper.
    I'll give you a call when (after) I get (have got) home.


    If so that's all right for me.

    Tomorrow, around ten o'clock, I will be doing my laundry.
    While I am doing my laundry you will be fishing.


    In the context I can accept it.
    But without context the genuine sentence looked wrong to me.

    Actually, what is the time conjunction referring to the future in the Ostap's sentence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    Do you mean this

    After I've come home I'll have (a) supper.
    I'll give you a call when (after) I get (have got) home.


    If so that's all right for me.

    Tomorrow, around ten o'clock, I will be doing my laundry.
    While I am doing my laundry you will be fishing.


    In the context I can accept it.
    But without context the genuine sentence looked wrong to me.

    "While he's having his breakfast, I will be reading the newspaper."

    The part I have underlined tells us it's future. In a real life situation, such an utterance will be produced only at some time before breakfast and/or if a future time has been mentioned. Even without context it is still grammatically 'correct', as you show in your own fourth example.

    Actually, what is the time conjunction referring to the future in the Ostap's sentence? While. Actually, I should have said, "conjunction introducing a time clause with future reference".
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    Trust me. Fivejedjon knows what he is talking about.


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