1

What is the right choice “I started playing piano when i was six “ Or “I was starting playing piano when i was six “ , and why?

migrated from english.stackexchange.com Oct 11 '18 at 12:39

This question came from our site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts.

  • 2
    Your first example is correct. The succession of gerund-participles in the second is excluded by what is called the 'double-ing constraint'. The constraint usually applies with aspectual verbs such as "begin", "cease", "start", "stop" and a few others. – BillJ Oct 11 '18 at 12:46
  • Idiomatically, we tend to avoid two consecutive -ing forms, so the second version is probably unlikely / awkward in any context. But even I was starting to play [the] piano when i was six is unlikely, because when after the continuous verb form (starting) normally implies at the same time (it's nearly always followed by an event / action identifying a specific point in time, not just a "time-span", such as an age in years). Thus I was starting to do X when Y happened is quite natural, but normally ...when I was a child wouldn't be. – FumbleFingers Oct 11 '18 at 12:53
-1

I used to play piano when I was six. Maybe it isn't corrent

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy