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Which of these two paragraphs is correct?

The first paragraph:

Secondly, the author gives an example about meerkats. He argues that the sentinel meerkat guards his group while they are eating or searching for food...

The second paragraph:

Secondly, the author gives an example about meerkats. He argues that the sentinel meerkat guards his group while they eat or search for food.

Are they both correct?

  • I think they're both acceptable with essentially the same meaning. – Barmar Oct 19 '16 at 21:29
  • It would be incorrect to use "are eating", as the sentinel meerkat "guards"--the sentence does not say he "is guarding." Keep consistent tense. – Lisa P. Oct 20 '16 at 0:46
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I feel both paragraphs are right,the first pagraph can be right in given contexts. Eg:Say that a story is written about a family of meerkats,it would be,'the sentinel gaurds his group while they are eating or searching for food' .In a general context, however, such as in an encyclopedia, the second paragraph is right.

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