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    #1

    Tenses in Time clauses

    Hi,
    I'm confused by these two sentences:
    1. I was reading a book when the phone rang.
    2. When I was reading a book, the phone rang.

    For me, they are the same, aren't they?

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    #2

    Re: Tenses in Time clauses

    not a teacher

    Difference in the emphasis

    1 emphasizes on the what you were doing(reading) at the particular moment the phone rang.

    2 emphasizes on what happened (phone rang) when you were reading the book.


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    #3

    Re: Tenses in Time clauses

    shabushabu

    NATSUKASHIIIIIIIIII


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    Re: Tenses in Time clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    shabushabu

    NATSUKASHIIIIIIIIII
    I'm no expert, Shabushabu, but 'natsukashii' means something like, "oh the fond memories", or "That really takes me back".

    It took me back to times I had enjoyed delicious shabushabu.

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