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Can I say,
(a) He opened his umbrella when it started to rain.

(b) He used /was using an umbrella in the rain.

(c) He uses an umbrella because / when it is going to rain now.
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Hi,

Can I say, Vincent, I believe you should be asking 'Is it natural to say . . . ' Some of the sentences that you post can be said but sound strange or very unusual.


(a) He opened his umbrella when it started to rain. Yes.



(b) He used /was using an umbrella in the rain. Yes/yes

(c) He uses an umbrella because / when it is going to rain now. No. Are you talking about 'now' or 'when it is going to rain'? Why are you using present tense?

Best wishes, Clive
Can you show me some possibilities:
(a) If I want to use "now"
(b) if I want to use "when it is going to rain"

Thanks
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Hi,

He is using an umbrella right now.

He opens his umbrella when it is going to rain.

Clive
Can I say,
(a) He opens his umbrella because it is going to rain.
(b) He uses his umbrella when it is going to rain.
(c) He is using an umbrella because it is going to rain now.
(d) She is using an umbrella in the rain.
Hi,

Can I say,



(a) He opens his umbrella because it is going to rain. Yes. But why do you want to use Simple Present?

(b) He uses his umbrella when it is going to rain. Yes. But it doesn't make much sense, because we don't normally use our umbrellas until it actually starts to rain.

(c) He is using an umbrella because it is going to rain now. Yes. But why is he using it now? It hasn't started raining yet.

(d) She is using an umbrella in the rain. Yes.

Clive
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How about:
(a) She was using the umbrella when it started to rain.
(b) She is using the umbrella because it is starting to rain now.
Hi,

How about:



(a) She was using the umbrella when it started to rain. No. It sounds like she was using the umbrella before it started to rain.

(b) She is using the umbrella because it is starting to rain now.
OK.

Clive