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    again, how come it's not the simple present here?

    Howdy,

    How come in the following sentence When a person learns English as a Second Language, they are speaking there's the continuous form (speak+ing) in the second part? And if someone decided to use it, how come someone didn't say "when a person is learning English..." ?

    Thanks,

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    Re: again, how come it's not the simple present here?

    Quote Originally Posted by forum_mail View Post
    Howdy,

    How come in the following sentence When a person learns English as a Second Language, they are speaking there's the continuous form (speak+ing) in the second part? And if someone decided to use it, how come someone didn't say "when a person is learning English..." ?

    Thanks,
    Maybe the clue is in the part of the sentence you've cut off.
    In any case, there is no compulsion to use the same form in all the clauses in a sentence. It would be just as valid to ask "If you use the simple form in the first clause, how come you also have to use it in the second?" - to which the answer would be, "You don't".

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