as the waves crashed/were crashing ...

Hotmale

Senior Member
Polish
I'm wondering whether Pas Continuous would fit better in this sentence:

"They were watching as the waves crashed into the shore"

should it be "... as the waves were crashing into the shore"?

Thank you
 
  • archytas

    Member
    English (Ireland)
    Whichever you choose, I'd suggest that the waves would be more likely to crash onto the shore.
     

    Hotmale

    Senior Member
    Polish
    I would use Past Continuous, as the action was in progress at the time where a person was observing them.
    I was thinking about the purest grammar criteria :)
     

    archytas

    Member
    English (Ireland)
    To my ear into sounds unnatural (although I was suprised by the number of hits returned by Google). Since waves normally break onto a shore and can't break into a shore maybe this is why crashed into sounds so unnatural to me.

    I'd use crashed into to describe a collision between, for example, two cars - "Some idiot crashed into me at the traffic lights!"
     

    Hotmale

    Senior Member
    Polish
    To my ear into sounds unnatural (although I was suprised by the number of hits returned by Google). Since waves normally break onto a shore and can't break into a shore maybe this is why crashed into sounds so unnatural to me.

    I'd use crashed into to describe a collision between, for example, two cars - "Some idiot crashed into me at the traffic lights!"
    Thank you for the explanation. It's very clear now :)
     
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