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    find the mistake

    Find and correct the mistake:
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    (A) I walked(B) into(C) my office, I found tom was using(D) my telephone

    My teacher said the answer is A but I don't see how it could be incorrect. I think D sounds more likely to be the answer (it should be just "using" right). Any idea?

    If it's A then please help me correct it.

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    Re: find the mistake

    When I walked into my office, I found t Tom was using my telephone.

    That sentence is possible. The following is more likely, in my opinion:

    When I walked into my office, I found Tom using my telephone.

    In any case, 'walked' is correct.

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    Re: find the mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    When I walked into my office, I found t Tom was using my telephone.

    That sentence is possible. The following is more likely, in my opinion:

    When I walked into my office, I found Tom using my telephone.

    In any case, 'walked' is correct.
    Then what about "when"?

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    Re: find the mistake

    It's fine.

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    #5

    Re: find the mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    Find and correct the mistake:
    When
    (A) I walked(B) into(C) my office, I found tom was using(D) my telephone

    My teacher said the answer is A but I don't see how it could be incorrect. I think D sounds more likely to be the answer (it should be just "using" right). Any idea?

    If it's A then please help me correct it.
    "When" is fine. What does your teacher say is the correction to (A)?

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    #6

    Re: find the mistake

    I will hazard a wild guess and suggest that the teacher thought (A) should be "As". I agree with the OP that "I found Tom using my telephone" would be more natural.

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    Re: find the mistake

    Use of "when" with past continuous, "was using" is fine/typical. If your teacher says that "A" is not correct, what is his/her correct form?

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    Re: find the mistake

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Use of "when" with past continuous, "was using" is fine/typical. If your teacher says that "A" is not correct, what is his/her correct form?
    She said it was supposed to be "as" but I don't see any different.

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    #9

    Re: find the mistake

    You could use as, but when is fine. In fact, I prefer when.

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    Re: find the mistake

    Use of "when" suggests "at the moment of entry", whereas "as" suggests "during" the entrance to the room which could begin outside the entrance and end after actual entrance. A trivial difference in your example and I (not you) would argue the point with your teacher.

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