As long as you swim, as long as you are swimming

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Fbohn21, Jun 20, 2018.

  1. Fbohn21 Senior Member


    If I am in the water with my child and I tell her:

    As long as you swim, we won’t go out of the water.
    —> meaning: she needs to swim in order for us to stay in the water.

    As long as you are swimming, I will be watching you.
    —> she is swimming and I will be watching her.

    Are the meaning correct?
  2. Forero Senior Member

    Houston, Texas, USA
    USA English
    No. It means that you won't get out of the water if she continues to swim, that your getting out of the water will not happen until whatever time, if any, that she doesn't swim.
  3. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    English - US
    In the first one, "we" seems to be you and the child. It's obvious that the child won't go out of the water while swimming, isn't it?

    As long as you swim, I won't get out of the water.

    Regardless, I would use "As long as you are swimming".

    As long as you swim, ... can also mean "As long as you still are in the practice of swimming or have swimming as a hobby.
    As long as you swim, we will pay the membership fee for the pool.

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