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while I go out
« on: May 19, 2020, 02:46:41 pm »
Do you accept the following expression?

You must stay at home while I go out.

Isn't it better to say, 'You must stay at home while I am out. '?
 
Please give some examples using 'while' not followed by 'be.'

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Re: while I go out
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2020, 09:16:49 am »
>Isn't it better to say, 'You must stay at home while I am out. '?
Yes -- because you are referring to the whole period whilst the speaker is out: not just the going out of the door.

Don't talk while I am concentrating.
Please don't talk to me while I am speaking on the phone.
I was making tea while my wife was doing the ironing.
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Re: while I go out
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2020, 10:25:11 am »
Thank you for the answer.
Then, I found the following in a website. What about it?

While he drinks a cup of coffee, I clean our bed room quickly every morning.

Do we have to say, "While he is drinking a cup of coffee, I clean our bed room quickly every morning."?

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Re: while I go out
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2020, 10:43:59 am »
The second is more natural but the first is OK. The "-ing" (continuous/progressive) form is often used to provide the background to an action.
I was sitting in the bath when the phone rang. The phone rang while I was sitting in the bath.
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Re: while I go out
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2020, 05:17:30 am »
Thank you for the answer.
I understand it is better to use 'be (...ing).'
And I understand that sometimes normal verbs ( I mean not be-verb) are also used.

What do you say about the following?

Don' talk to me while I am eating lunch.   #1
It means 'Don't talk to me if you see me eating lunch.' 

Don't talk to me while I eat lunch.           #2
It means:
   I eat lunch at noon every day.
   It usually takes me 30 minutes.
   I do not want anyone to interfere with me eating lunch. ( Let me know a better expression. ) 
   So don't talk to me during my lunch time.

I wonder if I could explain well, sorry.

( Question 1 )
I know #1 is correct, but do you accept #2?   

And I think
 #3  While he drinks a cup of offee, I clean our bed room quickly every morning.
         is better than
             #4  While he is drinking a cup of coffee, I clean our bed room quickly every morning.
 because 'his drinking a cup of coffee' is a 'daily custom' ( practice? or routine? which is better? ).
 I know it is difficult to explain, sorry, but  #4 seems strange to me.

( Question 2 )
Is #4 really more natural than #3? 

( Question 3 )
Are the following expressions OK?

#5  While I sleep, I always dream.   
#6  While I read a book, I don't want anyone to disturb me.
#7  While I go out,  please let me know if anyone calls me.

I think #5 and #6 are OK, but #6 is wrong.
What do you say about these?

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Re: while I go out
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2020, 12:42:56 am »
Sorry, I made a mistake.
I think #5 and #6 are correct, but #7 is wrong.
Because 'go out' means an action to get out of the house and does not mean 'being outside.'
After 'while' comes a word which contains some period of time.
But 'go out' is just an action and does not contain some period of time.
What do you say about this?
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Re: while I go out
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2020, 08:52:57 am »
#1 yes
#2 yes - if this is seen to be a habit. But #1 would be more usual
#3 and #4. Yes but, here, #4 would be more usual
#5 and #6 - yes - but it is slightly poetic
#7 I agree with your further analysis. This would be unlikely.
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