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Hi,

Can we mix the simple present with the present progressive in the same sentence?

1. I relax when I listen to music.

2. I am relaxing when I listen to music.

3. I relax when I am listening to music.

4. I am relaxing when I am listening to music.

Here we have the same set of examples but with different verbs that don’t have any causal relationships between them.

5. I study when he plays.

6. I am studying when he plays.

7. I study when he is playing.

8. I am studying when he is playing.

Comments  

In either case it sounds odd.

When you refer to general actions, use present simple in both the clauses.

#1 and #5 are fine.