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    Grammar Questions

    1.The manager _____ soon.
    arrives
    will arrive
    is arriving
    has arrive
    arrived

    why is the answer 'is arriving' and not arrives or will arrive?

    2.I did my homework when I _____ television.
    was watch
    watched
    was watching
    watching
    had watched

    can't we say I did my homework when I was watching television?


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    Re: Grammar Questions

    1. Your proposed answers are correct too.
    2. "when" in this sentence means "while". The word has a strong pull for a continuous tense. "had watched" is incorrect.


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    Re: Grammar Questions

    Hello.

    1.The manager _____ soon.
    arrives
    will arrive
    is arriving
    has arrive
    arrived

    Only "has arrive" wouldn't fit here.

    2.I did my homework when I _____ television.
    was watch
    watched
    was watching
    watching
    had watched

    Only "was watching" would be acceptable.

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    Cool Re: Grammar Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    2.I did my homework when I _____ television.
    was watch
    watched
    was watching
    watching
    had watched

    Only "was watching" would be acceptable.
    In fact, you could also say when I watched television.

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    Re: Grammar Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.


    2.I did my homework when I _____ television.
    was watch
    watched
    was watching
    watching
    had watched

    Only "was watching" would be acceptable.

    Maybe had watched would also fit but if we take 'when' meaning as 'after'?


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    Re: Grammar Questions

    As engee30 says, "watched" would be also acceptable. But I doubt that "had watched" is acceptable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Maybe had watched would also fit but if we take 'when' meaning as 'after'?
    I did my homework when I got home.
    In this sentence "when" means "after".

    I did my homework when I watched television.
    In this sentence "when" can't be interpreted as "after".

    Why? What makes "when" worthy or unworthy of being interpreted as "after" in the two sentences. What is the difference between the two sentences?
    In my humble opinion, the difference lies in the nature of the verbs.
    "got home" expresses a completed action, while "watched TV" does not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post

    Why? What makes "when" worthy or unworthy of being interpreted as "after" in the two sentences. What is the difference between the two sentences?
    In my humble opinion, the difference lies in the nature of the verbs.
    "got home" expresses a completed action, while "watched TV" does not.

    You mean watching has duration while getting home does not?


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    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    You mean watching has duration while getting home does not?
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Maybe had watched would also fit but if we take 'when' meaning as 'after'?


    Compare the possible options:

    I did my homework when I was watching TV. (the whole process of doing my homework occured within the time-frame of watching TV)
    I did my homework when I watched TV. (the two events occured simultaneously; the two events were rather short ones)
    I did my homework when I had watched TV. (you started doing your homework after watching TV)

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