Discussion in 'English Only' started by Junwei Guo, Apr 21, 2017.
"While he was eating breakfast, he went out"
-->What does the sentence mean?
It suggests to me that he went out in the middle of eating breakfast, with half a sandwich in his mouth or something.
Do you have some proper context for it, please?
It means that the person eating the breakfast left the building while he was eating it - without further context it suggests that he left while still eating, perhaps with food still in his mouth.
The explanations above don't convince me. More natural would be: "Still eating/chewing his breakfast, he went out".
"While he was eating breakfast, he went out" suggests to me that the "he" who went out was not the same person who was eating breakfast.
So what was the context, Junwei?
I have no context for this.
How about: "Eating his breakfast, he went out."?
That works, but you may want to add the word "still" to avoid ambiguity. You could also use "left" in place of went out, to give you another option. E.g. "Still eating his breakfast, he left the house..."
There's always context!
Where did you see this? Or did you write it yourself?
I wrote it myself.
I wanted to express:"Still chewing his breakfast, he went out."
Separate names with a comma.