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    Correct or not?

    When writing a reflection, I found my mistake and revised. Please let me know correct or not? Thanks.


    Student wrote:
    When i think about some of the changes in my life sense I started college a lot of things come to mind.

    Corrected:
    When thinking about some of the changes in my life since I started college, a lot of things come to my mind.

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    Re: Correct or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by me_learnEng View Post
    While writing a reflection, I found my mistake and revised it. Please let me know if it is correct or not? Thanks.




    Student wrote:
    When i think about some of the changes in my life sense I started college a lot of things come to mind.

    Corrected:
    When thinking about some of the changes in my life since I started college, a lot of things come to my mind. [/quote]

    1. when thinking works. Correct.
    2. sense should be since. Correct.
    3. Either mind or my mind works.

    Tense:
    When thinking about..., a lot of things come to (my) mind.
    When I was thinking about..., a lot of things came to (my) mind.

    All the best.


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    Re: Correct or not?

    Thank you.

    When I am talking about things in the past, I use past tense verb that follows my sentence. "When thinking about..." is I am now talking about an experience in the past. Am I right here?

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    Re: Correct or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by me_learnEng View Post
    When I am talking about things in the past, I use a past tense verb
    Right.

    Quote Originally Posted by me_learnEng
    "When thinking about..." means I am now talking about an experience in the past. Am I right here?
    Actually, no. There's no real tense on the word 'thinking', whereas with 'was thinking' there's a definite past tense there, 'was'.

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