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    Conditional statement

    Hi,

    Which of the below statements is more proper to use, and why?

    If I'm listening to music, I can't concentrate at anything else.

    If I listen to music, I can't concentrate at anything else.
    Present tense vs Present progressive.

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    Re: Conditional statement

    Either one could be correct if they both said on instead of ​at.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 07-May-2016 at 14:13. Reason: To make my suggestion correct.
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    Re: Conditional statement

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Either one could be correct if they both said to instead of ​at.
    Hi GS,

    Thank you.

    What do you mean by to / at?

    It is correct to say listen to / concentrate at.

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    Re: Conditional statement

    You listen to something. If you pay very close attention, you're concentrating on it. You can't concentrate at something.
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    Re: Conditional statement

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You listen to something. If you pay very close attention, you're concentrating on it. You can't concentrate at something.
    Thank you GS,

    How would you say these sentences correctly then?

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    Re: Conditional statement

    nat1ve, you've been given the correct prepositions to use with "listen" and with "concentrate" so now you should be able to write the correct version of your original sentences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Conditional statement

    Quote Originally Posted by nat1ve View Post
    Thank you GS,

    How would you say these sentences correctly then?
    I'd use the following:

    If I'm listening to music, I can't concentrate on anything else.

    If I listen to music, I can't concentrate on anything else.

    I think GoesStation meant to say on in the first answer rather than to.

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    Re: Conditional statement

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I think GoesStation meant to say on in the first answer rather than to.
    Thanks for pointing out my egregious error. No wonder the OP was confused.
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    Re: Conditional statement

    Hi Tdol and GS,

    Thanks! that makes it clear now!

    English is so complicated.

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    Re: Conditional statement

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Thanks for pointing out my egregious error. No wonder the OP was confused.
    I did that recently when I forgot to type the word not, which rather affected the answer I was trying to give.

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