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    #1

    As the fire was dying down, Mark was drifting off to sleep.

    What's wrong with this sentence? (It sounds correct to me.)


    As the fire was dying down, Mark was drifting off to sleep.

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    #2

    Re: As the fire was dying down, Mark was drifting off to sleep.

    It is correct for me also.

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    #3

    Re: As the fire was dying down, Mark was drifting off to sleep.

    It's OK for me too. As are:

    As the fire died down, Mark was drifting off to sleep.
    As the fire died down, Mark drifted off to sleep.
    As the fire was dying down, Mark drifted off to sleep.

    Remember that "as" is sometimes used to mean "because" as well as "At the same time as".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: As the fire was dying down, Mark was drifting off to sleep.

    Is it required to say "drift off to sleep" instead of "drift off"?

    As the fire died down, Mark drifted off.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #5

    Re: As the fire was dying down, Mark was drifting off to sleep.

    Yes.

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    #6

    Re: As the fire was dying down, Mark was drifting off to sleep.

    Michael Swan claims that it must be "while" not "as". Look below:

    As is used (with simple tenses) to talk about two situations which develop or change together. We normally don't use while in this sense. We usually use "while" to say that two longer actions or situations go/went on at the same time.

    Ex: As I get older I get more optimistic.
    Ex: While you were reading the paper, I was working.

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    #7

    Re: As the fire was dying down, Mark was drifting off to sleep.

    In this case, I don't agree with Swan. There is nothing wrong with "as" in the original sentence.
    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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    #8

    Re: As the fire was dying down, Mark was drifting off to sleep.

    I don't see anything in Michael Swan's words that preclude this usage.

    In this case, the fire died down and Mark was drifting off. It happened at the same time.

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    #9

    Re: As the fire was dying down, Mark was drifting off to sleep.

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Michael Swan claims that it must be "while" not "as".
    He actually says we usually use, which is a very different thing from must be. He is describing tendencies and patterns, not absolute rules. He does not exclude the usage of while with the simple or as with the progressive. He describes what we normally do or do not do, but nowhere in that quote does he talk about having to use one form.

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    #10

    Re: As the fire was dying down, Mark was drifting off to sleep.

    In that case, I do agree.
    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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