Lesson: Verb Tense - Progressive Tenses

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Hi Brent,

in 1:57. can we say "Lee lost his watch while running"?

Thanks
Youssef
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That one COULD be considered a little ambiguous, since it's not clear what/who is running. We can say that a Lee is running (i.e., jogging), and we can say that a watch is running (i.e., operating).

It would be less ambiguous to say, "While running, Lee lost his watch."

Thanks

Hi Brent,
is it also possible to write "Sarah was missing the test because she slept" instead of "Sarah missed the test because she was sleeping"? Do you have a nice rule for that?
Thank you very much and best
Eric
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Hi Eric,

If we say "Sarah was missing the test because she slept," then the simple past "she slept" means that the sleeping had already taken place when the test was missed. This isn't the case. The sleeping was still taking place when the test was missed. So, we need the past progressive "was sleeping."

Why dont we say "When Harriet will arrive, Kevin will be painting the house" instead of "arrives".
Is it because we assume Harriet arrives in a repeated or habitual manner?
Thank you and best
Eric
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I don't believe that your suggested sentence is necessarily incorrect, but it does use more words than are needed.

Hi Brent
Why the sentence "Zeke will be running tomorrow" is incorrect,while "Angus will be singing at Symphony Hall next week" is OK ?
Thanks
Jan
Jan
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Hi abnerawesome,

I'm not saying that one is necessarily correct and the other is incorrect.

The point (as noted at 3:11 in the video) is that the future progressive tense can be awkward/unnecessary.

We can also take "Angus will be singing at Symphony Hall next week" and rewrite it as Angus will sing at Symphony Hall next week"

Both are correct, but the second sentence is more concise.

Does that help?

Cheers,
Brent

Hi Brent-

I understood from gmatclub how option C is correct but I saw same question somewhere else and as per that forum correct ans is E. That forum eliminated ans. choice C because remain and stationary are redundant. Please confirm which option is correct



https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-peaks-of-a-mountain-range-acting-like-rocks-in-a-streambed-produ-80576.html
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The correct answer is C.

There's a nice discussion (with 2 experts who know their stuff :-) here: http://www.beatthegmat.com/sc-question-from-og-90-t9316.html

Cheers,
Brent

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