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A. While asking a previous question I was not sure whether to conclude by asking "A" or "B".

B. Asking a previous question I was not sure whether to conclude by asking "A" or "B".

C. While I was asking a previous question I was not sure whether to conclude by asking "A" or "B".

Are all of the above sentences grammatical? If so, how are they different in meaning and how can one avoid using "asking" two times?

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    As regards the repetition of "ask", you could always avoid that by starting with "When I posed an earlier question..." Commented Mar 3, 2013 at 2:41

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None of the above.

Most native speakers would say "When asking a previous question I was not sure whether to...". But there's no difference in meaning, and none of these alternatives would be considered "odd".


We don't have the exact context, but personally I think I'd be more likely to say...

"When I asked an earlier question I wasn't sure whether to..."

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