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    I use "past tense" to describe the process for making a fried chicken.

    In step 1, you thawed a frozen chicken.
    In step 2, you breaded the thawed chicken.
    In step 3, you fried the breaded chicken.

    If someone want to ask the question "under what condition did you thawed the frozen chicken?,"
    could he/she use "when the fried chicken was the frozen chicken, under what condition did you thawed it?"

    Are the two sentences identical?

    I have this confusion, because the sentence "the president was the/a boss" indicate the current president was a boss, and now isn't.
    In the example, I describe the former position of the person mentioned now.
    I think "when the fried chicken was the frozen chicken" is also allowable to describe the former state of the fried chicken.
    Last edited by LevyLi; 29-Oct-2020 at 11:11. Reason: misspelling

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    Re: process esssy

    It's difficult to know where to begin with that post. I'll try:

    If you are describing a process, you use the present simple or imperative::

    Step 1: (You) thaw a frozen chicken.
    Step 2: (You) bread the thawed chicken.
    Step 3: (You) fry the breaded chicken.


    We often use 'defrost' rather than 'thaw' in BrE.

    I'm afraid I don't know what you mean by "under what condition did you thawed the frozen chicken?" or "when the fired chicken was the frozen chicken, under what condition did you thawed it?".
    If you defrosted a frozen chicken, then the chicken was clearly frozen when you started to defrost it. That is self-evident.
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    Re: process esssy

    You defrosted the fried chicken in an oven for 5 minutes.
    or
    "when the fried chicken was the frozen chicken, you defrosted it in an oven for 5 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It's difficult to know where to begin with that post. I'll try:

    If you are describing a process, you use the present simple or imperative::

    Step 1: (You) thaw a frozen chicken.
    Step 2: (You) bread the thawed chicken.
    Step 3: (You) fry the breaded chicken.


    We often use 'defrost' rather than 'thaw' in BrE.

    I'm afraid I don't know what you mean by "under what condition did you thawed the frozen chicken?" or "when the fired chicken was the frozen chicken, under what condition did you thawed it?".
    If you defrosted a frozen chicken, then the chicken was clearly frozen when you started to defrost it. That is self-evident.
    I use past tense, because the fried chicken is on the table.

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    Re: process esssy

    In that case, the sentences below are grammatically correct.
    Quote Originally Posted by LevyLi View Post
    In step 1, you thawed a frozen chicken.
    In step 2, you breaded the thawed chicken.
    In step 3, you fried the breaded chicken.
    I cannot for the life of me imagine why anybody would want to tell the cook this.
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    Re: process esssy

    Quote Originally Posted by LevyLi View Post
    or "when the fried chicken was the frozen chicken
    Was it frozen fried chicken?
    Did you defrost it?
    Last edited by GoesStation; 29-Oct-2020 at 12:20. Reason: Remove formatting codes.

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    Re: process esssy

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    In that case, the sentences below are grammatically correct.
    I cannot for the life of me imagine why anybody would want to tell the cook this.
    Tell children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Was it frozen fried chicken?
    Did you defrost it?
    No, I want to go backward to describe the freezing step.
    I have this idea because we can say "when the president was a boss, he earned much money."
    So could I use "when the fried chicken was the frozen chicken" to indicate the "the frozen, but not fried, chicken"?

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    Re: process esssy

    You can say "When the chicken was (still) frozen, ...".
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    Re: process esssy

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    You can say "When the chicken was (still) frozen, ...".
    What is wrong with "when the fried chicken was..."?
    Why can I say "when the president was a boss,..." and "when my father was a student,..."?

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