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    when + present continuous

    I know that in general when we have a time clause we use the present simple and also the past tenses , but not the future(except in special cases)
    Therefore my question is: can I use the present continuous in a time clause(of course not with future intend)?Is there a difference when using it?
    e.g.

    When I am doing this ,I feel awful.

    or is better

    When I do this ,I feel awful.

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    Re: when + present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    I know that in general when we have a time clause we use the present simple and also the past tenses , but not the future(except in special cases)
    Therefore my question is: can I use the present continuous in a time clause(of course not with future intend)?Is there a difference when using it?
    e.g.

    When I am doing this ,I feel awful.

    or is better

    When I do this ,I feel awful.
    Both are correct.

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    #3

    Re: when + present continuous

    There is no reason why there should not be future reference -

    When I am relaxing on the beach next week, I'll be thinking of you guys hard at work in the office.

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    Re: when + present continuous

    I've thought that when using the present continuous, it emphasises the fact that one action takes place at the same time as another.Is this statement right?


    e.g. I watch her when she's cooking

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    Re: when + present continuous

    If you use a present continuous in a clause introduced by 'when', then the action is normally taking place at the same time as another one mentioned..

    Note that is is true of my sentence referring to a future time situation in post #3,

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