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Question regarding tenses

 
 
Reply Thu 21 Sep, 2017 05:58 am
Hi everyone!

I have a question regarding tense, and mixing tenses in a sentence. Consider this sentence:

"Now you don't watch your screen as often as I'm glancing back mine."

Would this be grammatically correct, or would there be a need to change it to "Now you're not watching..." or "... as often as I glance back..."?

Many thanks.
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Reply Thu 21 Sep, 2017 06:37 am
@extraction,
I think you can go either way in terms of 'correctness', but there is a subtle change in meaning.
  1. "Now you don't watch your screen as often as I'm glancing back at mine." - this is an expression denoting what the 'you' does on a regular basis.
  2. "Now you're not watching your screen as often as I'm glancing back at mine." - this expression seems to denote (and just barely, as they are rather close) that what 'you' does is kind of what 'I' do at the same time.
I would use the two sentences interchangeably, but there is a really, really slight difference there, at least how I'm reading the sentences.
extraction
 
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Reply Fri 22 Sep, 2017 06:51 am
@jespah,
Many thanks Jespah!
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