Deactivate the security system while the others are sneaking/sneak into the building

keramus

Senior Member
Persian
Hello everybody

A group of burglars are going to sneak into a building.
The leader of the group said: (he explained the plan)
David, deactivate the security system while the others are sneaking/sneak into the building.

This is my question:
Which tense is correct? I think the second one is correct but I'm not sure.

Thanks.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    LC's comment makes sense to me, keramus, so "while" is not your best choice in that sentence. If they sneaked in while the guy was still disarming the security system, they'd probably set off the alarm. The instructions would make more sense if you made it clear that the security system had to be switched off before anybody tried to sneak into the building: Deactivate the alarm, David, and we'll sneak into the building after you're done.

    "Sneak" is normal after "will", of course.
     
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