When: I mentioned that when we were eating lunch

Which is correct:
1-I mentioned that when we were eating lunch.
2-I mentioned that when we ate lunch. (Here meaning 'while we were eating lunch and NOT after we ate lunch)

3-Mention that when you are eating lunch with him.
4-Mention that when you eat lunch with him.

Hi Navi-- welcome to English-test.Net

All four are possible. Although while and the progressive tenses are usually associated with longer actions, I don’t think the distinction is observed very carefully by native speakers.

Thanks a lot Mr. Micawber!

It is a small world. I know you answered questions here too. I had seen your name, but I didn’t expect to ‘run into’ you so soon!

Just call me ‘Speedy Gonzales’, Navi.

See you!


I wonder if there is only one of you!

That’s exactly what I’ve been wondering, too!

Mmmh… Our dear MM is very mysterious indeed – always so absolutely and strictly professional… and so secretive! I guess it all adds to the suspense, though!

Dear Conchita

Now you must justify your remarks with sufficient evidence and proof. !:smiley: :smiley:


Let’s just leave it at that, Tom:

Some people open themselves up to others (or can be read like an open book)… and some don’t.