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Hello,

I think I know how English tenses work, but looking at this sentence, I have doubts. Can you tell me whether it's correct?

"You shout at your dog when you see that he is chewing your shoe."

Maybe I should say: "You are shouting at your dog when you see that he is chewing your shoe"?


Thank you

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HotmaleYou shout at your dog when you see that he is chewing your shoe.

Fine.

It is your usual habit (present simple) to shout at your dog whenever you see that he is in the act of (present continuous) chewing your shoe.

HotmaleMaybe I should say: "You are shouting at your dog when you see that he is chewing your shoe"?

No, you should not say that.

CJ

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Thank you CalifJim.

I wanted to use this sentence to tell a story, so by saying "You/I shout at ..." doesn't mean here that this is a habitual action. It's like "You walk down a street when you see ....".

Would you still use Present Simple?

Do you mean like these?

As/While you are walking down the street, you see (something).
You're walking down the street, and (then) you see (something).


How are you going to do that with the 'dog' example? I don't think you can.

As/Wile you are shouting at the dog, you see that he's chewing your shoe.
You are shouting at the dog, and (then) you see he's chewing your shoe.

That's backwards because you see him chewing the shoe first, not after you shout at him.

CJ

I meant that I wanted to use Present Simple to tell a story "I shout at ...." but when I used "he is chewing .." I thought that I'm inconsistent, that these two clauses should be either in Present Simple or Present Continuous.

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Hotmale

I meant that I wanted to use Present Simple to tell a story "I shout at ...." but when I used "he is chewing .." I thought that I'm inconsistent, that these two clauses should be either in Present Simple or Present Continuous.

No, it's not necessary to keep the same tense in all clauses of the same sentence. You need to use whatever tenses convey your ideas best. Your sentence is OK (present) as you wrote it (past).

CJ

Thank you very much!

It's a zero conditional. You always shout at your dog(fact)when /if you see(condition) that he is chewing your shoe.

Zero conditional = the present simple.

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