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nima_persian
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 4:49:47 AM
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When you were going there, I was swimming.

I am wondering whether or not you use present continuous at the same time.

Many thanks
papo_308
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 5:22:17 AM
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My opinion:

You can use the present continuous in both clauses, but it would be better with "while" instead of "when".

While you were going there, I was swimming.

This indicates better the concurrency of the two actions.

The sentences with "when" are more often used according to the following pattern:

When you came there, I was swimming.

So one action is in progress when something else happens.


nima_persian
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 6:42:44 AM
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Thanks. And, what about my original question?
Audiendus
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 7:06:56 AM
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nima_persian wrote:

When you were going there, I was swimming.

I am wondering whether or not you use present continuous at the same time.


Do you mean "past continuous"? Or do you mean "present continuous" as in "While you are going there, I am swimming"?
nima_persian
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:59:07 AM
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both of them
Audiendus
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 9:09:32 AM
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Both of them are grammatically correct. The present continuous version would not be used much; it would refer to a situation that happens on various occasions.
nima_persian
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:13:26 PM
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[quote=nima_persian]
When you were going there, I was swimming.

So, is that a natural sentence?
John Javier
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 4:53:32 PM

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No, to sound more natural you should use 'while'
While you were going there...

When you called, he was watching his baby.
(short interruption; "at the moment")

While he was talking, he was holding his baby.
(ongoing; "during the time")
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