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    Can I say this in English:

    When I brake, there is a strange sound coming from the engine.
    When braking, there is a strange sound coming from the engine.
    When braking, a strange sound keeps coming from the engine.

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    Re: brake

    The third is the most natural for me. I find the first two, with "there is a strange sound coming" an odd construction. With the third, you could just use the simple present to indicate that it's a frequent/habitual action. I'd probably go with "When I brake" though, as you're the one doing the braking, not the engine (which is what "When braking, ..." suggests).

    When I brake, a strange sound comes from the engine.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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