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    yi-ing is offline Senior Member
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    drinking wine and having heated arguments about politics.

    Are these two sentences equivalent?

    Ed and I used to stay up all night, drinking wine and having heated arguments about politics.

    Ed and I used to stay up all night, and we drank wine and had heated arguments about politics.

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    yi-ing is offline Senior Member
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    Re: drinking wine and having heated arguments about politics.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. The second may suggest that the drinking of wine and the heated arguments were activities in addition to the staying up.
    Thanks. I got it.
    Now, I think these two sentences are equivalent and have the same meaning.

    Ed and I used to stay up all night, drinking wine and having heated arguments about politics.
    Ed and I used to stay up all night, while they were drinking wine and having heated arguments about politics.

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    Re: drinking wine and having heated arguments about politics.

    No. In the second sentence you have introduced other people by writing 'they'.

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    Re: drinking wine and having heated arguments about politics.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No. In the second sentence you have introduced other people by writing 'they'.
    Thanks Rover_KE.
    Oh! I made a mistake on pronoun.
    Ed and I used to stay up all night, while we were drinking wine and having heated arguments about politics.

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    Re: drinking wine and having heated arguments about politics.

    That doesn't really work. The "we" doesn't necessarily refer to "Ed and I" even though you would think it should. There is no need to add anything to "Ed and I used to stay up all night, drinking wine and ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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