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    What time to use

    Hello,

    I would like to ask , what time do we use in describing some actions or activty? Do we use present continuous or present simple?
    I don't mean some activity/actions that are happening right now (or describing a picture).
    For example:

    When you dream and you wake up and can't move.
    When you are dreaming and you wake up and can't move.

    What is the difference between those two sentences?(In meaning ofc.)

    Thank's for answers , have a nice day and Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

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    #2

    Re: What time to use

    Neither of your examples are sentences. They are clauses. Please provide full sentences for our comments.

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    Re: What time to use

    "Have you ever felt fear?Like when you are dreaming and you wake up and can't move. Lots of people i know experienced this and all of them were scared as hell. The trick is that you just have to try to move your fingers first and everything will be ok"

    I've just made up this sentence , could think of something else :D , this sentence is for both of clauses as what you called them. What time do i use there?
    Should i take it as i don't wake up and can't move everytime i wake up so i should use present continuous?

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    Re: What time to use

    I prefer "when you are dreaming".

    In your second offering, the first words are a sentence (question). But the second is still not a sentence. The word "like" didn't make it a sentence.

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    Re: What time to use

    Quote Originally Posted by Trolstover View Post
    "Have you ever felt fear? Like when you are dreaming and you wake up and can't move. Lots of people I know have experienced this and all of them were ​as scared as hell. The trick is that you just have to try to move your fingers first and everything will be ok OK."

    I've just made up this sentence. I could think of something else. :D , This sentence is for both of clauses (as what you called them). What time tense do should I use there?
    Should I take it as I don't wake up and can't move everytime every time I wake up so I should use the present continuous?
    As it's a habitual action or an example, yours is correct "such as/like when you are dreaming and you wake up and [you] can't move".

    Please note my corrections in red. Remember that it's important to capitalise the word "I" every time you write it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What time to use

    Thank you for correcting my mistakes :).
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As it's a habitual action or an example, yours is correct "such as/like when you are dreaming and you wake up and [you] can't move".
    But if it's habitual example shouldn't I use present simple?

    So if I got it right when Im talking about "examples" (not sure if I used right tense now) should I use present continuous?
    Last edited by Trolstover; 26-Dec-2014 at 02:25.

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