You should not eat while standing up or you should not stand and eat

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English nerd

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Hindi
My friend was telling me about her mom. My friend stands and eats.. She said:
My mom says, you should not stand and eat.(you should sit and eat.)
Or
My mom says,you should not eat while standing/standing up.

What should be used : you should not sit and eat or you should not eat while standing/standing up?
Thank you:)
 
  • Edinburgher

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    German/English bilingual
    There is a subtle difference between eating while standing and standing while eating. Perhaps it doesn't matter much here, but it is illustrated by the following anecdote:

    A parishioner asked his priest whether it would be okay to smoke while praying.
    The priest told him that no, it wasn't, because it would be disrespectful.
    The next question was whether it would be okay to pray while smoking.
    To this, the answer was of course yes, because it's never wrong to pray.
     
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