I have some questions on the sentences below:
Meg’s shoes were too tight, and soon she was limping. “I’ve hurt my ankle. I don’t know how I’ll get home.”
…and soon she was limping. Does it mean she actually limped or she was just expected to limp because of her tight shoes? “be ~ing” sometimes stands for near future, so I’m confused.
I don’t know how I’ll get home. If I say how I’ll go home, does it sound awkward? If so, would you explain why?
Thank you in advance,
Thank you for your quick attention, NearlyNapping!
So the first sentence sounds to me like this: “Meg’s shoes were too tight, and finally she ended up limping.”
Finally doesn’t really work here. The original wording is better.
…and soon she was limping
This means that not much time passed.
Finally is used when something is delayed. The root is final which means at the end. But finally implies that it should have happened sooner.
Meg’s shoes were too tight. Soon she was limping. She should have taken her shoes off, but she continued wearing them. After an hour of discomfort she finally took her shoes off.
Thank you! Now I got it clearly!