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Hello, everyone. Here is the sentence:

If Edison hadn't invented the electric light bulb, we'd still be using candles.

This is from my English test at school. I know I got the right type of conditional but what interests me is whether this construction "would be using" instead of just "would use" is okay and grammatically correct.
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I see nothing wrong with it beyond it's silly conclusion.
I think the existing tense choice is more appropriate than your suggested replacement, no offence intended. Emotion: smile (i.e.,continuous)
Xenowhat interests me is whether this construction "would be using" instead of just "would use" is okay and grammatically correct.
It is correct. In fact, be using is is more idiomatic than use in this case.

CJ
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Xenowhat interests me is whether this construction "would be using" instead of just "would use" is okay and grammatically correct.
Yes and No, for this type of conditional (the 3rd kind by the way) to work and sound smoothly to the natives' ears, the [would be + verb+ing] form should be used. This part is a no.

Is it grammatical? I am leaning toward yes, but semantically speaking, it feels and sounds likes a pair of size 9 shoes on a Leprechaun (Happy St Partick's, and you can imagine the fitEmotion: wink)

"If you hadn't lost our vacation money on a stupid stock, we would be crusing in the Caribbeans right now".

The BOLD emphasizes the "would be" action under a given condition contrary to facts. The fact is we couldn't go to the cruise because you had lost the money.

That's how I see it.
My professor said that this was incorrect and I lost a huge amount of points because I wrote it this way, using proggressive form and so I got a lower mark. Seriously, is there any basis for that? Also, note that I'm not a native speaker and neither is my high school professor who I don't find quite knowledgeable. And it's not my conclusion, it was on the goddamn test. =)

Also, I wanted to ask about this one: If he hadn't been taking a walk in the rain, he wouldn't have caught a cold. Again, does progressive form sound okay here?
dimsumexpress"would be using" instead of just "would use" is okay and grammatically correct.
Ooops, I think I wrote the last post based on an reversed order of the question. But the [would be + continuous form] is st ill true. My apology for the confusion. Emotion: embarrassed
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XenoMy professor said that this was incorrect
Strange.
XenoIf he hadn't been taking a walk in the rain, he wouldn't have caught a cold. Again, does progressive form sound okay here?
It's OK, but I prefer the non-progressive here. If he hadn't taken a walk ...

CJ
Haha. No problem. I actually supposed it. But what about the other one:

If he hadn't been taking a walk in the rain, he wouldn't have caught a cold.

(... should've posted it in the original message.)
You know, I was deprived of a possibility to go on a republic competition by my professor because that sentence was reputedly incorrect. But then again, I don't trust her at all, and that's why I came here in the first place. So yes, I think that tomorrow I'll be having a fight with certain someone. XD

And thanks for the second sentence. The non-progressive form sounds better to me too.
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