# Help! Are these sentences correct? Thank you!

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#### Harry12345

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1 While Lucy had English class, I was walking to school.
2 While Lucy had lunch with her mother, I was playing computer games.
3 While Lucy visited aunt in hospital, I was doing my homework.
4 While Lucy went shopping, I was staying at home.

5 While Lucy was having English class, I was walking to school.
6 While Lucy was having lunch with her mother, I was playing computer games.
7 While Lucy was visiting aunt in hospital, I was doing my homework.
8 While Lucy was going shopping, I was staying at home.

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#### corum

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1. While Lucy was having an English class, I was walking to school.:tick:
2. While Lucy had an English class, I walked to school. :tick:
3. While Lucy had an English class, I was walking to school. :tick:
4. While Lucy was having an English class, I walked to school. :tick:

#2 and #4 suggest I reached school during the period the English class took place. In #1 ad #3, we (or at least I) do not know.

#### Tdol

##### Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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In 3, it is unlikely that I arrived before the class ended IMO.

#### Harry12345

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Thank you very much!
Could you please tell me why?

And what is IMO?

#### Mehrgan

##### Key Member
Thank you very much!
Could you please tell me why?

And what is IMO?

IMO = In My Opinion

#### corum

##### Senior Member
Could you please tell me why?

Let us think together.

While Lucy had an English class, I was walking to school.

The sentence says the act of my walking was in progress when the class began, a moment before the class finished, and in between. It does not say whether I was walking outside this period. We know, however, that while the class lasted, my walking was in progress, which means I could not have reached school during class. According to what the sentence says, I should have reached school at the moment that class ended, the chances for which are low, or at any moment afterwards, the chances for which are higher. It is also possible that I never reached my destination.

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