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Do we have the problem of verb inconsistency, if we use "should" with present tense in a complex sentence,
Although she cleans her teeth, she should comb her hair too.
Last edited by zaffar; 24-Sep-2011 at 09:50. Reason: correction of a mistake
I also thought about the same explanation before you answered. But I wrote this sentence keeping the usage of although and while. I have read somewhere that "although" gives surprise. "While" gives a mild concession.
While she cleans her teeth, she should comb her hair too.
If we use "although" in the underlined sentence, I find no surprise in other clause after comma.. While means - although on one hand the situation is true, other fact mentioned in the clause after comma cannot be ignored. That is why i use while instead of although
please guide me.
Last edited by rajan; 24-Sep-2011 at 16:48.
Last edited by rajan; 25-Sep-2011 at 07:16.
You could say, "While she cleans her teeth, she doesn't comb her hair" - meaning "Although she cleans her teeth, she doesn't comb her hair." This is still ambiguous, but not as bad as your original.
Note that the abiguity doesn't exist in speech, since 'while' is stressed when it means "at the same time as", whereas it is usually unstressed like a function word when it means "even though".
"While she cleans her teeth, she keeps the tap running." vs.
"While she cleans her teeth, she doesn't brush her hair."
Although, I didn't had anything, I should go to office.