When <I'm reading><I read> in bed, she will climb up and snuggle

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JJXR

Senior Member
Russian
Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Context:

My friend and I are language partners. We talk together on Skype on a regular basis. In one of our conversations, I ask her to tell me about her cat. She says one of the sentences below.

Sample sentences:

1. When I'm reading in bed, she will climb up and snuggle as close as she can get to my head, and then she sticks her paws into my hair and plays with it.

2. When I read in bed, she will climb up and snuggle as close as she can get to my head, and then she sticks her paws into my hair and plays with it.

Question:

Sentence #1 is the original. Would the boldfaced tense in sentence #2 be correct in this case as well?


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    It is okay. There is nothing wrong with the grammar, but it is usual to use a continuous form for the background activity with "when".
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    The continuous aspect often makes a narration sound more vivid, and engages the reader/listener more than the simple verb form would.
     
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