When we use " While "
Hello, I'm Japanese who is learning English !! My friends asked me whether there is any difference between " While he is singing a song, I was seeing stars" and " While he is singing a song, I saw stars." The reason why she and I were confused was due to Japanese translaion..... because the text book says" I saw stars " in this sentence means I was watching stars . so We don't need to say " was seeing stars " ?????/ we wonder it is correct or not. Please give us any hints !!
Both of your sentences have errors in tense agreement between the verbs. I'm guessing that the 'seeing stars' part is a figurative allusion to being enthralled (very happy with) the music.
The past progressive tense would in both clauses would be correct in the first sentence.
While he was singing a song, I was seeing stars.
In your second sentence, you could use past progressive plus past tense or past tense in both clauses.
While he was singing a song, I saw stars.
While he sang a song, I saw stars.
The main thing to remember is to keep both verbs in the same time frame, the past in this case.
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