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    She asked me to look after her children while she went out.

    She asked me to look after her children while she went out.
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    I wonder if the two sentences below are better than the one above.
    She asked me to look after her children while she were out.
    She asked me to look after her children when she went out.

    While refers to a period of time while when usually refers to a point of time.
    What do you say?
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    #2

    Re: She asked me to look after her children while she went out.

    The "asking" took place at a point in time. But the "looking after the children" is for a period of time. The original sentence is correct.

    The option with "were" is completely wrong.

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    #3

    Re: She asked me to look after her children while she went out.

    I wonder what the mother actually said. Did she say, Would you please look after my children while I go out?
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    #4

    Re: She asked me to look after her children while she went out.

    Yes, something like that.

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    #5

    Re: She asked me to look after her children while she went out.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, something like that.
    I wonder if while refers to a period of time and go out refers to a point of time.
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    #6

    Re: She asked me to look after her children while she went out.

    No. In context, it covers the whole period of being away from home.

    What are you doing tonight?
    I'm going out.

    Please look after my daughter while I go out = Please look after my daughter while I'm out.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: She asked me to look after her children while she went out.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The "asking" took place at a point in time. But the "looking after the children" is for a period of time. The original sentence is correct.

    The option with "were" is completely wrong.
    Sorry were is a typo. Is she asked me to look after her children while she was out OK?
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    Re: She asked me to look after her children while she went out.

    Yes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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