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Unread post by Shadi » Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:58 pm

Hi everyone.
I have a question about these 2 sentences:
1.Whenever I went to Jame's house, he would usually be playing on his computer.

2. Whenever I go to Jame's house, he would be( or is?) playing on his computer.

Is the second sentence correct? If yes, what's a difference between these 2 sentences in terms of timing?

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Re: would

Unread post by Joe » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:51 am

They are both possible (correct) as:

1. Whenever I went to Jame's house, he would usually be playing on his computer.

2. Whenever I go to Jame's house, he is playing on his computer.

The difference is:
a) 1 is in the past - you don't go now 2 is in the general present
b) 1 he was not playing every time (only "usually") 2 he is playing every time

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