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    #1

    the girl blinked v. the the girl was blinking.

    The studio was aquarium of light; the woman and the girl blinked in the glare. Victor Maitland slammed the door behind them, locked it, put on the chain. The woman turned slowly to watch, unafraid.


    I would you ask that shouldn't it be "the woman and the girl were blinking" instead "the woman and the girl blinked."

    Source: The Second Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders.

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    #2

    Re: the girl blinked v. the the girl was blinking.

    No. The original is fine as is.

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    #3

    Re: the girl blinked v. the the girl was blinking.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    No. The original is fine as is.

    But seems that blinking is a continous process. they were probably blinking for moments.

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    #4

    Re: the girl blinked v. the the girl was blinking.

    If the woman and the girl blinked in the glare, they probably did blink more than once.The verb 'blink' does not necessarily suggest a single blink.
    Last edited by Piscean; 05-Jul-2016 at 22:52. Reason: typo

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    #5

    Re: the girl blinked v. the the girl was blinking.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    If the woman and the girl blinked in the galre, they probably did blink more than once.The verb 'blink' does not necessarily suggest a single blink.
    Yes, that's why I'd definitely go for "blinking". I cannot understand why you've got another opinion.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #6

    Re: the girl blinked v. the the girl was blinking.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    But it seems that blinking is a continuous process. They were probably blinking for moments.
    The quoted text suggests to me that the studio had just been lighted when the action was taking place; bright lights had been turned on or curtains had been opened. The natural reaction is to blink in the (newly brighter) light. If the writer wants to emphasize the initial reaction, the simple present is the right choice. Present continuous would work if the writer wants the reader to think the characters blinked continuously during the time described.
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    #7

    Re: the girl blinked v. the the girl was blinking.

    Opening thread

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    #8

    Re: the girl blinked v. the the girl was blinking.

    Blinking only lasts a few seconds. Also, it is an involuntary process. If, however, you want to contradict both things then change it to "the woman and the girl were blinking".

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    #9

    Re: the girl blinked v. the the girl was blinking.

    You can blink voluntarily too.
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    #10

    Re: the girl blinked v. the the girl was blinking.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Blinking only lasts a few seconds. Also, it is an involuntary process. If, however, you want to contradict both things then change it to "the woman and the girl were blinking".

    What does it mean by "If, however, you want to contradict both things ..." ?

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