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    Is the following sentence correct and natural?


    When I paid the bill at convenience store, I can't find my wallet.
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    #2

    Re: wallet

    Rethink the use of article and mixing of tenses.
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    #3

    Re: wallet

    If you couldn't find your wallet, how could you pay your bill?
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    #4

    Re: wallet

    While I pay the bill at convenience store, I can't find my wallet in my bag.


    Is it correct now?
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    #5

    Re: wallet

    No. You can't pay your bill if you don't have your wallet. You tried to pay your bill but you weren't able to. This happened in the past, so you need a past tense.
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    Re: wallet

    While I paid the bill at convenience store, I couldn't find my wallet in my bag.

    Is it possible now?
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    #7

    Re: wallet

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    While I paid the bill at convenience store, I couldn't find my wallet in my bag.

    Is it possible now?
    You didn't pay the bill because you didn't have your wallet. As I told you above, you tried to pay your bill.

    While won't work here. Use when.
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    #8

    Re: wallet

    In my dictionary, "while" = "when" , what's wrong?

    I couldn't find my wallet in my bag, when I did pay the bill at convenience store.

    Is it perfect now?
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    You're still not getting it.

    We "pay a bill" when someone provides goods or services in advance and we pay after receiving them. When we pay an electric bill we are paying for the electricity we used last month. When we pay a restaurant bill, we are paying for food we have already eaten.

    At a convenience store (and most other retail stores), we gather things ourselves from shelves and we take them to a counter where a worker rings them up. Then we pay. As GoesStation pointed out, your situation happened in the past, so past-tense verbs should be used:

    When I went to pay at the convenience store, I couldn't find my wallet.

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    Re: wallet

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    I couldn't find my wallet in my bag, when I did pay the bill at convenience store.
    You are still missing the point. If you couldn't find your wallet then you couldn't pay the bill. If you start by saying you couldn't find your wallet you can't continue the sentence saying that you paid/did pay your bill. The point is that if you didn't have your wallet then you didn't pay your bill.

    There are two possibilities:
    1) When I got to the till to pay for my goods, I couldn't find my wallet. I searched everywhere but to no avail. I had either left it at home or lost it - I wasn't sure which. I had to leave my goods behind and go home.
    2) When I got to the till to pay for my goods, I couldn't find my wallet at first. While the cashier added up the total, I searched all my pockets and bags and, to my relief, finally found my wallet at the bottom of a bag. I paid my bill and took my goods home.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 19-Jan-2020 at 09:50.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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