I didn't hear the alarm while it was ringing.

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Hi,

Yes, it is.

Clive
AnonymousIs this correct?
I didn't hear the alarm while it was ringing. Most of the time it would not be correct. One would just say 'I didn't hear the alarm.' (After all, you normally only hear an alarm when it is ringing.)

But you can imagine a situation in which you could say something like 'I didn't hear the alarm while it was (actually) ringing. But I heard it on the news report of the fire.'

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c45

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AnonymousI didn't hear the alarm while it was ringing.
Correct, but weird. I think the following are better:

I didn't hear the alarm ringing.

I didn't hear the alarm ring.

But this is enough:

I didn't hear the alarm.

CJ
Hi,

Ringing seems like a wrong choice of word in this context.

"While" doesn't sound right to me either and "when" should be used.

I didn't hear it when the alarm went off, or I didn't hear the alarm when it went off.
dimsumexpress"While" doesn't sound right to me either; "when" should be used.

"while" is perfectly correct there, as it is typically used for an action that continues for some time. "when" is not wrong, but it is not better than "while".

I didn't hear it when the alarm went off, or I didn't hear the alarm when it went off. There is no good reason to change the sentence to focus on when the alarm "went off".

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I didn't hear it when the alarm went off, or I didn't hear the alarm when it went off. There is no good reason to change the sentence to focus on when the alarm "went off".
@C45,

Sorry, I have to disagree. Apparently our approaches toward certain aspects of English differ and I don't mean in a disrespectful way. Correct me if I am wrong. If we use "while", it'd suggest two events happened (A and B) at the same moments, with one event taking place while the other already started. i.e. " While little Michael is taking a nap, I have a few mintues to enjoy a cup of tea.", Likewise, "I was taking a shower when you called" . Or "When you called, I was taking a shower." is completely good English. I have doubts with "while" though.

It would sound odd to me to say " while you called, I was taking a shouwer", wouldn't it? So when I say "wrong choice ofd word" in my reply to the OP question, I had the syntactical aspect in mind. Sometimes I tend to take the posted questions deeper than asked. It's not my intent to change the foucs of the question.
Alaram was ringing is it a correct sentence

No. You need a determiner. You have a spelling mistake. You need punctuation.

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