Check out our updated Community
Zineb
Is this English sentence correct?
Hello friends,

i was wondering about the second verbs in this sentence.
"HENRY watches JIMMY smile and toss a couple of cartons of 
               cigarettes into their radio car."
i think they should be either "smiles and tosses" or "smiling and tossing". right?
May 2, 2020 12:21 AM
Comments · 3
The sentence is mostly correct. I have no idea what a radio car is.

The verb to conjugate in this sentence is "watches" because Henry is the subject of the sentence. The other two verbs, smile and toss, are not performed by Henry.

Yes, using smiling and tossing would be correct, it would be a flowery way of saying it however.
May 2, 2020
It is impossible to use the present tense to talk about more than one action.
Here in this sentence we have two actions , one must be simple and the other must be continuous.
So you have to use the suitable tenses ( present , past , future ) .
Example: if Henry and Jimmy are using to do that every day so you can say ( Everyd Henry waches when Jimmy is smiling and tossing ,,,,,,,,, etc , we used present simple tense and present continuous tense.
But if they did it in the past so you have to say ( Henry watched Jimmy when Jimmy was smiling and tossing ,,,,, or you say Henry was watching when Jimmy smiled and tossed ,,,,, .
May 2, 2020
Smiling and tossing a couple of cartons of cigarettes in his radio car.

You are speaking about jimmy so pronoun must be his not their.
May 2, 2020
Zineb
Language Skills
Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Japanese
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Japanese