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    #1

    screamed when she or was screaming when she

    I think the answer ‘screamed’ is correct due to the past tense ‘cut’.
    Is (2b) acceptable? ‘was screaming’

    1a) Tanya (screamed) out in pain when she cut her finger.

    1b) Tanya (was screaming) out in pain when she cut her finger.

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    Re: screamed when she or was screaming when she

    1b) sounds to me as if Tanya happened to be screaming when she cut her finger, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: screamed when she or was screaming when she

    There is no "2b"; I think you mean "1b."

    Use "1a" because "1b" could potentially be parsed as a typical past continuous construction. In other words, it could be interpreted that the screaming is the long action that started before and got interrupted by the cut!

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    Re: screamed when she or was screaming when she

    To back up what others have said, I think 1b) needs "as" in it, to indicate she is screaming while her finger is cut.

    "Tanya (was screaming) out in pain when as she cut her finger."

    However, because the pain is continuous it makes it sound as if she is torturing herself. Most people would feel pain and then do something to make it stop.
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 18-Jul-2015 at 12:42. Reason: Editing typos.

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    Re: screamed when she or was screaming when she

    Quote Originally Posted by Eckaslike View Post
    "Tanya (was screaming) out in pain when as she cut her finger."
    It sounds to me as if Tanya was screaming because she cut her finger on purpose, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: screamed when she or was screaming when she

    That's exactly how I feel about it too Matthew. The use of "when", to me, makes it seem a bit like that as well, although "as" probably sounds slightly more deliberate.
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 18-Jul-2015 at 13:06.

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