would <whine> <be whining>

Fbohn21

Senior Member
Deutsch
Hello.


I am currently making a seating plan. My grandma is going to sit next to me and my sister.

My mom asks why she’s not going to sit next to my boyfriend’s grandma (they don’t like each other)


I tell her:
If she sat there she would be sitting next someone she doesn’t like and would whine all evening.

Could I replace “would whine” with “would be whining”?
 
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I suppose you could, but "whine all evening" suggests she's going to be a continual source of annoyance to everyone, so changing it to the continuous tense doesn't really add anything useful there.

    I'd leave it as it is. :)
     

    Fbohn21

    Senior Member
    Deutsch
    Ok.
    If I weren’t using “all day” then “would be whining” and would be better right?
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    "If she sat there she would be sitting next someone she doesn’t like and would be whining."

    No. "Would whine" is better than "would be whining". A continuous verb isn't good for describing the result of something else in the sentence. "Would be sitting" is fine, but "would be whining" is not.
     
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