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    Correct my sentence: present continuous

    Dear all

    I have a fairly simple request can anyone tell me which sentence is correct:

    1. The teachers discussed the pupils.

    2. The teachers sat discussing the pupils.

    I have to decide whether or not to use present continuous but I'm not sure which is correct. Any help?

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    Fenny

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    Re: Correct my sentence: present continuous

    They're both grammatically correct. Neither uses the present continuous which would be "The teachers are discussing the pupils".

    The first sentence makes no mention of the position of the teachers. The second makes it clear that they were sitting down while discussing the pupils. For a comparison of tenses (in the past), you need to compare "The teachers discussed the pupils" with "The teachers were discussing the pupils".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 02-Sep-2014 at 12:18.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Correct my sentence: present continuous

    Thank you for clarifying

    However, I don't understand why my teacher would use such a sentence in a test. Am I supposed to recognize that both are actually correct?

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    Re: Correct my sentence: present continuous

    If your teacher was simply asking you to recognise the continuous then only #2 is correct. However, it's not the present continuous. What was the exact question your teacher asked?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Correct my sentence: present continuous

    Ah, I think I mixed it up a bit.

    Basically my teacher wants me to select the right form of the verb in the sentence.

    The first one (that I also posted previously) is: The teachers discussed/sat discussing the pupils.
    The second one is: He sat talking/talked to the kids who were playing on the floor.

    Just forget about the present continuous thing. I just have to select what ever form of the verb is correct. Can you give me some help?

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    Re: Correct my sentence: present continuous

    He sat talking to the kids who were playing on the floor is correct
    He talked to the kids who were playing on the floor is correct.
    He sat and talked to the kids who were playing on the floor is correct.
    He sat talked to the kids who were playing on the floor is incorrect.
    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: Correct my sentence: present continuous

    Thank you for your input I appreciate it.

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