Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. VIP Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Feb 2014
    • Posts: 5,028
    #1

    I bought some eggs which I put in refrigrator.

    "I bought some eggs which, I put them inside the refrigerator so that their white and yellow parts would not get mixed when I broke them. I could seperate white and yellow parts easily".

    You asked me to use "I break" in place of "I broke". I am confused you say that for habbitual and regular things we use present simple even if we talk about past but I am confused. Could you please ellaborate and explain with some examples?

  2. Raymott's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Academic
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,761
    #2

    Re: I bought some eggs which I put in refrigrator.

    y;1285932]"I bought some eggs which I put in the refrigerator so that their white and yellow parts would not get mixed when I broke them. [/QUOTE]
    That's correct.
    "... so their parts would not get mixed when I broke them."
    "... so their parts will not get mixed when I break them."

    If you want to talk about habitual things, you'd say, "When[ever] I buy eggs, I put them in the refrigerator so they won't get mixed when I break them."

  3. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 60,722
    #3

    Re: I bought some eggs which I put in refrigrator.

    The yellow part is the yolk, we do talk about the white of an egg, but not the yellow IMO.

  4. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,465
    #4

    Re: I bought some eggs which I put in refrigrator.

    I wasn't aware that eggs at room temperature become scrambled inside the shell.

  5. Skrej's Avatar
    Key Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: May 2015
    • Posts: 2,600
    #5

    Re: I bought some eggs which I put in refrigrator.

    Not without being shaken, but if you want to mess with somebody, put a raw egg in a sock or pair of stockings and then rotate the egg rapidly by holding both ends and swinging in a circle. It'll scramble the egg internally, and then it's amusing to watch reactions when people peel a hard-boiled egg only to find it completely yellow.

    It works best with something stretchy, like women's hosiery, where you can twist the ends tight against the egg, then pull in opposite directions, generating a much faster spin.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 44,816
    #6

    Re: I bought some eggs which I put in refrigrator.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Not without being shaken, but if you want to mess with somebody, put a raw egg in a sock or pair of stockings and then rotate the egg rapidly by holding both ends and swinging in a circle. It'll scramble the egg internally, and then it's amusing to watch reactions when people peel a hard-boiled egg only to find it completely yellow.

    It works best with something stretchy, like women's hosiery, where you can twist the ends tight against the egg, then pull in opposite directions, generating a much faster spin.
    Some people have too much time on their hands!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  7. VIP Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Feb 2014
    • Posts: 5,028
    #7

    Re: I bought some eggs which I put in refrigrator.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    y;1285932]"I bought some eggs which I put in the refrigerator so that their white and yellow parts would not get mixed when I broke them.
    That's correct.
    "... so their parts would not get mixed when I broke them."
    "... so their parts will not get mixed when I break them."

    If you want to talk about habitual things, you'd say, "When[ever] I buy eggs, I put them in the refrigerator so they won't get mixed when I break them."[/QUOTE]

    Thanks for the answer but you guys told me earlier to use "When I break" instead of "When I broke" while depicting about the past. This is what I would like to know. please check link https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...ite-and-yellow.

  8. Raymott's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Academic
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,761
    #8

    Re: I bought some eggs which I put in refrigrator.

    It depends on the sentence and the context. You'd use 'broke' for the past.
    But just because you bought them in the past doesn't mean you are referring to breaking them in the past. "I bought some eggs, and tomorrow I'm going to break them."
    "I bought some eggs yesterday, and when I break them, they won't get mixed, because I put them in the fridge."

  9. VIP Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Feb 2014
    • Posts: 5,028
    #9

    Re: I bought some eggs which I put in refrigrator.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It depends on the sentence and the context. You'd use 'broke' for the past.
    But just because you bought them in the past doesn't mean you are referring to breaking them in the past. "I bought some eggs, and tomorrow I'm going to break them."
    "I bought some eggs yesterday, and when I break them, they won't get mixed, because I put them in the fridge."
    sorry to bother you but I got confused in the last sentence. I mean "break" and "won't" are you referring to the past incident?

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

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 44,816
    #10

    Re: I bought some eggs which I put in refrigrator.

    No. In the sentence you quoted (with the words in blue), "when I break" and "won't" refer to the future.

    I put the eggs in the fridge today so that when I break them (on Thursday), the white and the yolk won't mix.

    "Put" is the simple past.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last

Similar Threads

  1. How many eggs could you get? (be able to)
    By ademoglu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 16-Dec-2014, 00:45
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-Mar-2013, 16:30
  3. All about eggs
    By Deepurple in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-Sep-2010, 18:38
  4. [Idiom] Idiom Definitions for 'Sure as eggs is eggs'
    By gerens in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-Mar-2009, 15:14
  5. As sure as eggs is eggs
    By Humble in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 29-Oct-2006, 16:31

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
  •