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    #1

    coming and looking

    He came looking for you. - Two actions (coming and looking for you) were simultaneous.


    I think two actions seem highly unlikely, what does the next sentence mean?
    Two actions (coming and looking for you) were simultaneous.

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    Re: coming and looking

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    He came looking for you. - Two actions (coming and looking for you) were simultaneous.


    I think two actions seem highly unlikely, what does the next sentence mean?
    Two actions (coming and looking for you) were simultaneous.
    You seem obsessed with this question. Between here and English Forums, I bet there are six questions about this.

    He came here with the purpose of looking for you and was likely looking along the way.
    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: coming and looking

    Maybe wowenglish1's problem is that he or she does not understand that come looking for is an idiom. It has nothing to do with simultaneous actions. He came looking for you is often menacing. It could well mean he was hoping to find you in order to hurt you. Or it could simply mean that he came hoping to find you for some other reason. But it is an idiom, at least in AmE.
    Last edited by probus; 23-Dec-2012 at 06:31.

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