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    "I was sleeping when the dog barked"

    "I was sleeping when the dog barked" I am not sure about this sentence, since the action of barking is a continuous one, although I know a dog can bark only "once"... Well, I don't know if it would be more common and correct to hear/say: "...when the dog started to bark/barking". What do you think?

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    Re: "I was sleeping when the dog barked"

    Quote Originally Posted by papirrines View Post
    "I was sleeping when the dog barked" I am not sure about this sentence, since the action of barking is a continuous one, although I know a dog can bark only "once"... Well, I don't know if it would be more common and correct to hear/say: "...when the dog started to bark/barking". What do you think?
    It's fine.

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    Re: "I was sleeping when the dog barked"

    Quote Originally Posted by papirrines View Post
    "I was sleeping when the dog barked" I am not sure about this sentence, since the action of barking is a continuous one, although I know a dog can bark only "once"... Well, I don't know if it would be more common and correct to hear/say: "...when the dog started to bark/barking". What do you think?
    Even if the dog barked more than once, the sentence is fine.

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    Re: "I was sleeping when the dog barked"

    although I know a dog can bark only "once"
    My dog must not have gotten that memo.

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    Re: "I was sleeping when the dog barked"

    Quote Originally Posted by papirrines View Post
    Well, I don't know if it would be more common and correct to hear/say: "...when the dog started to bark/barking". What do you think?
    If you wanted to be clear that the dog barked more than once, you could use your version.

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