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    wen

    This is correct?

    When I watched a movie, John was reading a book.
    When I studied, Bob was eating lunch
    When it snowed, I was home reading a book
    how about both present progressive. What's the difference


    When I was watching a movie, John was reading a book.
    When I was studying, Bob was eating lunch

    When it was snowing, I was home reading a book

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    Re: wen

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    This is correct?

    When I watched a movie, John was reading a book.
    When I studied, Bob was eating lunch - but possible in another context: 'They slept in 4 hr shifts: when one slept the other worked.'
    When it snowed, I was home reading a book - OK only if it snowed for a short time. For example, someone broke into a house, and while he was inside it started snowing. As he left the house, he left a trail of footprints leading away from the house. The police ask a suspect 'Where were you just before the snow squall between 3.00 and 3.15?' And he says 'When it snowed, I was home reading a book.' (OK - this is a pretty unlikely scenario; you'd best forget it!)
    how about both present progressive. What's the difference


    When I was watching a movie, John was reading a book.
    When I was studying, Bob was eating lunch

    When it was snowing, I was home reading a book
    So present progressive in the first clause (introduced by 'when') is always a safe bet. The simple past in the first clause can be a mistake - if it refers to a continuous 'background' activity; but it's OK if it refers to a state or if it refers to an event or a single action:

    A state: When I was a boy, it felt as though the Summer Holidays went on for ever.

    An event: When the clock struck twelve, her coach turned back into a pumpkin.

    An action: When the stranger entered the room, everyone looked up.



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