Is there another way of saying this? Is, 'I will be studying and working at the same time' a better way of saying it?

  • Do you mean literally at the same time - as in reading a textbook while you're not busy helping customers? Or do you mean that part of your week will be spent in school and part of your week will be spent at a job?
    – John Feltz
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 16:01

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It's not a great usage of alongside; though it's comprehensible by native speakers, they'll likely peg you as a non-native speaker for that alone.

The way it's normally used is with a noun, not a verb.

I will be studying alongside other students.

Possibly you are confusing the progressive verb working with the gerund form of working ("Working in a coal mine is dangerous") which functions as a noun.

What you probably want to say is

I will be studying along with working.

There are multiple ways to link two verbs together. This is one, but still probably not the best one. Better might be

I will be studying together with working.

In my view, the latter sufficiently compartmentalizes the two disciplines, while at the same time linking them contemporaneously.


operating or working in tandem

  • @what is tandem,can I have further explianation?
    – Genie
    Commented Sep 11, 2020 at 14:16
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