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    #1

    I was playing basket-ball when it starts raining, Or...

    Hello,

    Can someone correct this please

    I was playing basketball when it starts raining. Or
    I was playing basketball when it started to rain.

    thanks

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    #2

    Re: I was playing basket-ball when it starts raining, Or...

    Your first sentence is incorrect; your second is correct.

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    #3

    Re: I was playing basket-ball when it starts raining, Or...

    It's grammatically incorrect, but quite a common way of relating personal experiences in spoken American English. I've heard it called the Historical Present Tense. Slate's Lexicon Valley did a nice podcast about it. I think this is a link: http://www.slate.com/articles/podcas...te_bronte.html

    It brings the listener into a more intimate and immediate experience of a past event.

    A lot of jokes are told in this way: "A guy walks into a bar..."
    Last edited by J&K Tutoring; 04-Oct-2015 at 03:22.

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    Re: I was playing basket-ball when it starts raining, Or...

    Without context, it would be difficult to arrive at that conclusion. But I do agree with your comment about the historical present.

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    #5

    Re: I was playing basket-ball when it starts raining, Or...

    Three guys are walking down the street. Two walk into a bar. The third guy ducks.

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    #6

    Re: I was playing basket-ball when it starts raining, Or...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mooradist View Post
    ... when it starts raining.
    I think it refers to the future instead of the past, as in 'I will stop playing basketball when it starts raining', but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Three guys are walking down the street. Two walk into a bar. The third guy ducks.
    Is it like telling a story using the present tenses?

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    #7

    Re: I was playing basket-ball when it starts raining, Or...

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think it refers to the future instead of the past, as in 'I will stop playing basketball when it starts raining', but I am not a teacher.
    Not in Mooradist's sentence.
    Last edited by Piscean; 04-Oct-2015 at 06:56. Reason: minor typo

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    #8

    Re: I was playing basket-ball when it starts raining, Or...

    Yes, Matthew. And it is play on words.

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