As soon as he left for the field, his wife would make a delicious meal for herself, savouring it

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Englishmypassion

Senior Member
India - Hindi
Dear Teachers,
Namaskar.
Is the following sentence, particularly the part in bold, correct?

As soon as the farmer left for the field, his wife would make a delicious meal for herself, savouring the food as she ate alone.


The sentence seems to suggest that the smart wife's savouring the food is simultaneous with her making a delicious meal. Doesn't it? Isn't that wrong then?

Please enlighten me on this.

Thanks a lot.
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    Don't read too much into the idea that present participles always describe things happening simultaneously. In your quotation, the phrase "as she ate alone" is quite enough to explain when she savoured the food.

    Of course, a good cook will also taste the food when preparing it...
     

    Englishmypassion

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    Yes, I did notice that as well as the comma after "herself", making the last part extra info, yet I thought it better to ask. Thank you very much, Keith and Dermott.
     

    velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    I wouldn't use the present participle there, as it would more naturally show what was going on while she was cooking. It's a bit of a surprise to read "...as she ate alone" at the end. I was expecting "...as she stirred the pot".:D
     
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