Results 1 to 8 of 8
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Portugal

    • Join Date: Aug 2016
    • Posts: 103
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    What is the meaning of "I was leaving when"

    Hello, teachers,

    In the following sentence:

    I was leaving when he began to do his homework.

    Does this sentence have two meanings?

    (1) At the time when he began to do his homework, I was here, but I was leaving soon.

    (2)I would live at the time when he began to do his homework.

    Because we can say:I was leaving the next day.(I know it can mean the next day I will leave. But Is it possible for this one to mean "the next day, I was here ,but leaving?)

    Thanks so much!



    Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Oct-2016 at 08:22. Reason: Removed formatting to enlarge font and left-justify post

  1. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 34,240
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: What is the meaning of "I was leaving when"




    (2)I would live at the time when he began to do his homework.
    It certainly doesn't mean that.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  2. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 6,517
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: What is the meaning of "I was leaving when"

    When you ask the same question here and in another forum, Moyeea Lee, please provide a link so that we don't waste our time responding to a question that has already been answered elsewhere.

  3. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 6,490
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: What is the meaning of "I was leaving when"

    After searching for hours, I did not find the same question on another forum.

    I think 'was leaving' refers to the time when, rather than soon after, he began to do his homework.
    I am not a teacher.

  4. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 6,517
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: What is the meaning of "I was leaving when"


  5. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 6,490
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: What is the meaning of "I was leaving when"

    Next time I will simply check this page http://forum.wordreference.com/members/moyeea.780405/
    I am not a teacher.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Portugal

    • Join Date: Aug 2016
    • Posts: 103
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: What is the meaning of "I was leaving when"

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    When you ask the same question here and in another forum, Moyeea Lee, please provide a link so that we don't waste our time responding to a question that has already been answered elsewhere.

    Because people are different?

    Is this one a same forum???

  6. Matthew Wai's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Nov 2013
    • Posts: 6,490
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: What is the meaning of "I was leaving when"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We recommend posting a question on one forum only initially. If you do not get a satisfactory answer from that forum and you feel that you have exhausted its possibilities, then of course trying a different forum might help. It is only courteous however, to tell the second forum that you have already asked the question on another forum and then give a precis of the answers you received there, along with an explanation of why you are now looking elsewhere.
    .
    I am not a teacher.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2011, 20:24
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Jan-2011, 10:25
  3. Meaning of "angelic","reckon","bow"
    By Adam Cruge in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Jul-2010, 12:04
  4. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Jun-2010, 03:25
  5. make and do: leaving out "the"
    By lisa l lara in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-Feb-2010, 05:17

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •