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    You hear something and look up.

    Would you please explain why the simple present is prefable in "You hear something and look up.Smoke, ash, steam and rock start to flying out of the ground." and present continuous is prefable in "A volcanic eruption is starting" in "You hear something and look up.Smoke, ash, steam and rock start to flying out of the ground.

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    Re: You hear something and look up.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Would you please explain why the simple present is preferable in "You hear something and look up. Smoke, ash, steam and rock start to flying out of the ground." and present continuous is preferable in "A volcanic eruption is starting" in "You hear something and look up. , ash, steam and rock start to flying out of the ground.
    'You hear something and look up' is about punctual actions. They have (virtually) no duration. The starting of the eruption process is a longer process. It has duration.

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    Re: You hear something and look up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    'You hear something and look up' is about punctual actions. They have (virtually) no duration. The starting of the eruption process is a longer process. It has duration.

    What do you mean by punctual actions?

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    Re: You hear something and look up.

    As I suggested, punctual actions have virtually no duration. They occupy a point in time rather than a period.

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    Re: You hear something and look up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    As I suggested, punctual actions have virtually no duration. They occupy a point in time rather than a period.
    Could you say "duly actions" instead of "punctual actions"?

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    Re: You hear something and look up.

    No.

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    #7

    Re: You hear something and look up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No.
    Is "punctual" you have used fit with the definition in the link? If so can we say "prompt actions" and "timely actions"?

    http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=punctual

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    Re: You hear something and look up.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Is Does "punctual", as you have used, fit with the definition in the link?
    No. That definition looks nothing like what I said in post #4. If you want dictionary confirmation of what I told you, try the fifth definition here.
    can we say "prompt actions" and "timely actions"?
    Clearly not with the meaning I used - and explained.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-May-2017 at 19:18. Reason: Fixed typo

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