1. I feel more positive when the sun is shining.
  2. I feel more positive when the sun shines.

Which of the above sentences is correct? If both, Are there any differences in the meaning of?


They would both be taken to mean the same thing, though “is shining” would be more natural and idiomatic; “shines” feels a little more poetic to me.

“Is shining” refers more to the state of the sun, whereas “shines” refers more to something the sun is doing - perhaps you might picture the sun beginning to shine after it hadn’t been shining with “shines”, whereas “is shining” refers purely to the state.

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