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    #1

    tenses: does not bark/is not barking

    Which is correct:

    1-When my wife comes home from work, my dog always barks. But she just walked in and I do not know why it is not barking.

    2-When my wife comes home from work, my dog always barks. But she just walked in and I do not know why it does not bark.

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    #2

    Re: tenses: does not bark/is not barking

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which is correct:

    1-When my wife comes home from work, my dog always barks. But she just walked in and I do not know why it is not barking.

    2-When my wife comes home from work, my dog always barks. But she just walked in and I do not know why it does not bark.
    #1, because the non-barking is occurring at the moment of speaking

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    Re: tenses: does not bark/is not barking

    As a side note, most Americans would expect you to use "he" or "she" for your pet dog, not "it."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: tenses: does not bark/is not barking

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    But she just walked in
    Not a teacher-

    Maybe it works either way but "she has just walked in" sounds better to me

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    Re: tenses: does not bark/is not barking

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    Maybe it works either way but "she has just walked in" sounds better to me
    It does to me, but I am a speaker of BrE. I am sure that 'she just walked in' is fine in AmE - and you'll hear it from speakers off BrE.

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    Re: tenses: does not bark/is not barking

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    As a side note, most Americans would expect you to use "he" or "she" for your pet dog, not "it."
    We would do the same.

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