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    explaining two concurrent actions

    Hi,

    I read the following first sentence in a book. I don't understand why the author is using present continuous tense in the second half of the sentence. # 2 is my sentnece. Are both sentences convey the same thing?

    1. I always read when I am eating.

    2. I always read when I eat.

    Thanks,

    MG.


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    Re: explaining two concurrent actions

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    I read the following first sentence in a book. I don't understand why the author is using present continuous tense in the second half of the sentence. # 2 is my sentence. Are both sentences conveying the same thing? OR Do both sentences convey the same thing?

    1. I always read when I am eating.

    2. I always read when I eat.

    Thanks,

    MG.
    As they stand, they pretty much say the same thing, MG.

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    Re: explaining two concurrent actions

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    As they stand, they pretty much say the same thing, MG.
    Dear riverkid

    Is 2 more appropriate?

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    Re: explaining two concurrent actions

    I wonder if any other natives can see this this difference:

    I always read when I'm eating = When I choose to read, I do it while I'm eating (so I can get two things done at once)

    I always read when I eat = Every time I eat, I also read (so I don't feel lonely taking my meals all alone)

    Obviously that part in parentheses aren't part of the sentence, but they might explain the motivation of saying these things.


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    Re: explaining two concurrent actions

    Quote Originally Posted by venkatasu View Post
    Dear riverkid

    Is 2 more appropriate?
    Howdy Venakatasu.

    More appropriate in what way?

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